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  • A giant underground trampoline has opened in a cave in Wales

    A giant underground trampoline has opened in a cave in Wales

    April 17th, 2015Rachel Mills
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    Rough Guides editor Rachel Mills goes deep underground in the heart of Snowdonia National Park to discover the latest, and craziest, adventure activity in North Wales. A Victorian slate mine close to the town of Blaenau Ffestiniog was once where miners wielded hammers and chisels to eke out a hard living from the rock. Today, it’s... Read more »

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  • Discover Zagreb, Croatia’s capital of cool

    Discover Zagreb, Croatia’s capital of cool

    April 16th, 2015Jonathan Bousfield
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    The Croatian capital Zagreb has enjoyed the dubious honour of being underestimated twice over. Cold-shouldered by Croatia-bound travellers because it’s a landlocked city without a beach, it has also been ignored by city-breakers bound for Prague, Kraków or Budapest. One consequences of this relative neglect is that Zagreb is one of the few European capitals... Read more »

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  • 14 magical sunrises that prove it’s worth getting up early

    14 magical sunrises that prove it’s worth getting up early

    April 16th, 2015Eleanor Aldridge
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    Looking through the Rough Guides photography archive, one kind of shot stands out again and again: pictures captured at sunrise. Sure, there’s nothing more tempting than sleeping in until noon while you’re on holiday. But if you can bring yourself to brave the odd early morning, you’ll discover a magical world as dawn breaks. From... Read more »

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  • 10 free things to do in Amsterdam

    10 free things to do in Amsterdam

    April 15th, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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    There’s nowhere quite like Amsterdam. You could
 be sitting nursing a drink outside one of its cafés, chugging by boat along its canals, or riding its ringing trams, and you’ll sense immediately that you couldn’t be anywhere else in the world. Of course, there’s a slew of first-rate attractions, but it’s not all about big... Read more »

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  • Gintonic is the only thing to drink in Barcelona

    Gintonic is the only thing to drink in Barcelona

    April 14th, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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    Whatever you’re looking for from a night out, you’ll find it somewhere in Barcelona – bohemian boozer, underground club, cocktail bar, summer dance palace, techno temple, Irish pub or designer bar, you name it. But when it comes to drinks, gintonic, as it’s known, has always been a favourite. In recent years, however, there’s been a... Read more »

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  • 7 European cities you’ve not been to but must visit

    7 European cities you’ve not been to but must visit

    April 13th, 2015Robin McKelvie
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    We all know about the big European city breaks like Paris, Barcelona and Amsterdam, but what about Maribor in Slovenia, Osijek in Croatia and Cadiz in Spain? If you’ve already been to all the big boys, or just want to venture off the well-beaten tourist track, it’s time to discover some seriously unsung cities. Here, we’ve picked... Read more »

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  • A first-timer’s guide to the Canary Islands

    A first-timer’s guide to the Canary Islands

    April 10th, 2015Robin McKelvie
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    Pre-conceptions are a funny thing. If someone told you about an archipelago of islands set adrift off the coast of Africa, an oasis that boasts superb beaches and perennial warmth, which is home to the world’s second largest Carnival, award-winning wines and Spain’s highest mountain, you’d probably want to visit. If they revealed they were... Read more »

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  • In pictures: around Italy in 16 foods

    In pictures: around Italy in 16 foods

    April 9th, 2015Kiki Deere
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  • 10 great places to go walking in Scotland

    10 great places to go walking in Scotland

    April 9th, 2015Chitra Ramaswamy
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    Billy Connolly famously said that “there are two seasons in Scotland: June and winter”. Yet anyone who loves walking in this hauntingly beautiful country knows that even the weather can’t spoil the bleak majesty of its ancient landscape. It’s the rain, wind, sleet, snow, sun, and constantly changing light bursting from vast, shifting northern skies... Read more »

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  • The one Magna Carta exhibition you need to see this year

    The one Magna Carta exhibition you need to see this year

    April 2nd, 2015Lottie Gross
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    This feature is brought to you by the Magna Carta – indirectly, at least. 2015 marks 800 years since the signing of the first Magna Carta (Great Charter) in Runnymede, England. While it was retracted and reinstated by various monarchs a number of times in the following years, the document has become an international icon of... Read more »

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  • Escape rooms: would you pay to get locked up?

    Escape rooms: would you pay to get locked up?

    April 1st, 2015Shafik Meghji
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    Paying a stranger to lock you and your friends in a room filled with fiendish puzzles sounds an unlikely holiday activity, but “escape rooms” are springing up around the world. Shafik Meghji got locked up in Budapest… The email was brief and ever so slightly unsettling: “Please arrive punctually at 16:30 to Erzsébet Körút 8,... Read more »

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  • 11 breathtaking Welsh views

    11 breathtaking Welsh views

    March 30th, 2015Site Editor
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    Picturesque Wales has long drawn holidaymakers to its unspoilt countryside, rugged mountainous terrain and long, lonely coastline. Whether you’re after a dream-like hike or scenic drive, beautiful views aren’t hard to find. Here are some of our authors’ favourites – walks, nature reserves, beaches, railway journeys and much more – taken from new Rough Guide... Read more »

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