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  • 30 things to do on your first trip to Europe

    30 things to do on your first trip to Europe

    March 1st, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    Europe offers more architecture, wine, music, fashion, theatre and gastronomy per square kilometre than any other continent. It boasts over seven hundred million people, in excess of 450 World Heritage Sites and more renowned paintings than you can point your camera at. Which means heading off the main routes will still land you waist-deep in... Read more »

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  • 6 must-visit places in Wales you’ve probably never heard of

    6 must-visit places in Wales you’ve probably never heard of

    February 29th, 2016Emma Gibbs
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    For a small country, Wales offers an incredible diversity of landscapes and experiences, many of which remain surprisingly undiscovered. From pristine white-sand beaches and rolling, quintessentially Welsh valleys to tucked away villages, here six places you really should visit – but which you’ve probably never heard of. 1. The Tywi Valley, south Wales In the... Read more »

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  • The best rooftop bars in London

    The best rooftop bars in London

    February 17th, 2016Eleanor Aldridge
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    On those precious sunny London days, there’s no better feeling than sitting outside with a drink. Pub gardens have their time and place, but in a city growing taller by the day, there are more and more places where you can get up high. Here’s our pick of the best rooftop bars in London. Frank’s,... Read more »

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  • In pictures: when a little town in Italy went to war with oranges

    In pictures: when a little town in Italy went to war with oranges

    February 11th, 2016Kiki Deere
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    When we heard there was going to be an orange fight in Italy, we had to be there. Here are some of the best photographs taken by our roaming writer-photographer, Kiki Deere. The small town of Ivrea, 55km north of Turin, hosts one of Italy’s most exuberant carnivals. Dating back to the end of the... Read more »

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  • An expert’s guide: the best area to stay in Lisbon

    An expert’s guide: the best area to stay in Lisbon

    February 9th, 2016Matthew Hancock
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    Heading to the Portuguese capital this year? Lisbon’s accommodation scene has exploded in recent years, so there is no shortage of places to stay, from historic buildings and palaces to excellent independent hostels. Pin There are real bargains to be had in the off-season, though between June and September, prices are at their highest so... Read more »

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  • A British institution: the best afternoon tea in London

    A British institution: the best afternoon tea in London

    February 4th, 2016Rebecca Hallett
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    It’s no secret that, for Brits, tea is not just tea – it’s a national institution. All too often, though, treating yourself to an afternoon tea can translate to spending a couple of hours eating tiny sandwiches and slightly dry slices of cake, then paying £50 for the privilege. Luckily, we’ve done all the arduous... Read more »

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  • 14 photographs that show the many sides of Amsterdam

    14 photographs that show the many sides of Amsterdam

    February 2nd, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    As one of Europe’s top weekend break destinations, Amsterdam features on many a traveller’s bucket list – as well as our list of the top 10 cities to visit in 2016. With three world-famous attractions – the Anne Frank Huis, the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum – it’s hardly surprising. But there are also countless pretty canals and great green spaces... Read more »

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  • Why now’s the time to visit Nottingham, England

    Why now’s the time to visit Nottingham, England

    January 28th, 2016David Atkinson
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    It may not feature on top of everyone’s British city bucket list, but it’s time to see this East Midlands city in a new light. Nottingham boasts a slew of new attractions for 2016, a recently expanded tram network and a burgeoning independent arts scene. Plus, in the year when the stalwart British fashion designer... Read more »

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  • Emilia-Romagna: Tuscany without the crowds

    Emilia-Romagna: Tuscany without the crowds

    January 27th, 2016Jools Stone
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    Blame Frances Mayes. Ever since she penned Under the Tuscan Sun twenty years ago the region has seen an unstoppable influx of English and American tourists descend on the area, which has left neighbouring regions, with just as much to offer, decidedly in the shade. Emilia-Romagna, home to an officially designated ‘Food Valley’, the majority... Read more »

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  • 10 of the best weekend breaks in the UK

    10 of the best weekend breaks in the UK

    January 25th, 2016Freya Godfrey
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    From city breaks to romantic countryside escapes, options for short trips in the UK abound. Whether you’re looking to get active, overindulge or just chill out, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our pick of the best weekend breaks in the UK. Need more inspiration? We’ve also rounded up 20 of the most memorable places to stay. Best for romance:... Read more »

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  • Finding love in the UK’s least romantic city: 7 reasons to visit Hull

    Finding love in the UK’s least romantic city: 7 reasons to visit Hull

    January 21st, 2016Lottie Gross
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    It’s safe to say, most people’s preconceptions of Hull aren’t brilliant. In the past it has been named Britain’s worst city and the least romantic place in the UK. But Kingston upon Hull, to use its proper name, has come into its own in recent years. Designated the UK City of Culture for 2017, Hull is finally showcasing to... Read more »

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  • Biking the Camino de Santiago: cycling for the soul

    Biking the Camino de Santiago: cycling for the soul

    January 18th, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    Traditionally, pilgrimage meant hoofing it, wayfaring the hard way. Yet most Catholic authorities will tell you there’s nothing particularly sinful about making it easier on yourself. You could roughly trace Spain’s Camino de Santiago, or Way of St James, by car … but then taking full advantage of the fringe benefits – discounted accommodation and gorgeous red wine – would... Read more »

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