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  • Aurora Spirit: a magical journey to Norway’s Arctic north

    Aurora Spirit: a magical journey to Norway’s Arctic north

    February 7th, 2017Eleanor Aldridge
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    This year, there’s more than the aurora borealis to draw you to ethereally beautiful Arctic Norway. On the shores of Lyngenfjord, two hours from the city of Tromsø, a team of plucky entrepreneurs have opened the northernmost distillery in the world. We went to discover why this is a magical escape for whisky lovers and... Read more »

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  • Tromsø: why you need to discover Norway’s Arctic gateway

    Tromsø: why you need to discover Norway’s Arctic gateway

    February 3rd, 2017Eleanor Aldridge
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    Norway isn’t short of incredible landscapes. This is the country of majestic lakes, lush meadows and snow-covered mountains. Yet one part of Norway continues to hold unique appeal – the wild Arctic north where the mainland fractures into an intricate coastline of twisting fjords and remote archipelagos. At the heart of the region is one... Read more »

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  • Portugal travel tips: 10 things you need to know before you go

    Portugal travel tips: 10 things you need to know before you go

    February 1st, 2017Matthew Hancock
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    Pin With its stunning beaches, friendly people, unspoilt countryside and tasty local cuisine, Portugal is, unsurprisingly, one of Europe’s most popular travel destinations. If you’re planning a trip, here are 10 tips from Matthew Hancock, co-author of The Rough Guide to Portugal, to help you find the most authentic parts of the country, escape the crowds and... Read more »

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  • The 10 best beaches in Portugal

    The 10 best beaches in Portugal

    January 20th, 2017Rough Guides Editors
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    Pin For many travellers, Portugal is synonymous with images of golden sun-baked beaches. And with a generous 1700 kilometres of coastline, there’s enough sand for everyone. Famed for its wonderful, resort-groomed beaches the south-facing Algarve coast may be the country’s main tourist magnet, but it’s also dotted with secluded, cliff-backed coves. And there’s plenty more... Read more »

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  • Undiscovered Portugal: 7 places to get off the tourist trail

    Undiscovered Portugal: 7 places to get off the tourist trail

    January 17th, 2017Matthew Hancock
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    Pin Although Portugal is one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations, it is surprisingly easy to get away from it all and escape the crowds. Most people head west from Lisbon airport into the bustling maelstrom of the city, but head east instead over the Vasco da Gama bridge – at 11 miles, it’s Europe’s... Read more »

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  • What’s all the fuss about Lisbon?

    What’s all the fuss about Lisbon?

    January 12th, 2017Matthew Hancock
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    Pin Those in the know have been quietly enjoying Lisbon’s charms for years, but the city is currently having a bit of a moment. In recent times, it’s seen the opening of a slew of modern museums, trendy clubs, smart boutique-style accommodation and the regeneration of some of its more run-down areas – all while... Read more »

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  • 12 of our favourite stories of the year

    12 of our favourite stories of the year

    December 22nd, 2016Eleanor Aldridge
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    As the year comes to a close, we’ve been looking back over our favourite features of 2016. We published around five hundred articles and photo stories this year, working with contributors from around the world. Here, we’ve collected our favourites. A huge thanks to our brilliant team of writers, photographers and editors and – of... Read more »

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  • A first-timer’s guide to Central and Eastern Europe: 10 places to visit

    A first-timer’s guide to Central and Eastern Europe: 10 places to visit

    December 12th, 2016Jonathan Bousfield
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    Central and Eastern Europe are among the culturally diverse parts of the world, preserving a plethora of deep-rooted traditions. What’s more, large tracts of the area remain off the mass-tourism radar, ensuring that there is still a great deal to explore. The following ten suggestions will ensure you get the best out of this huge, compelling... Read more »

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  • The 10 most beautiful places in Italy – as voted by you

    The 10 most beautiful places in Italy – as voted by you

    December 7th, 2016Natasha Foges
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  • Vukovar: inland Croatia’s laidback escape

    Vukovar: inland Croatia’s laidback escape

    December 6th, 2016Jonathan Bousfield
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    Pin The fastest-emerging tourist destination in inland Croatia is not one you might expect. Twenty five years ago, the pretty Danube-hugging town of Vukovar was almost razed to the ground in one of the ugliest sieges of recent European history. Falling to Serbian forces on November 18, 1991, Vukovar remained under occupation until 1998. In... Read more »

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  • The surprising history of sex in Central Europe

    The surprising history of sex in Central Europe

    November 30th, 2016Jonathan Bousfield
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    So what is it that draws us to Vienna? The waltzes? The white horses? The cakes? Let’s be honest, it’s the sex. Sex, that is, in the best possible taste: Gustav Klimt’s sensuous portraits, Egon Schiele’s edgy nudes, or the decidedly pervy paintings of Oskar Kokoschka; all with the good Viennese doctor Sigmund Freud offering... Read more »

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  • 10 great winter destinations in Central and Eastern Europe

    10 great winter destinations in Central and Eastern Europe

    November 28th, 2016Jonathan Bousfield
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    Forget the plummeting temperatures and long dark nights, winter is a hugely rewarding season in which to visit Central and Eastern Europe. Frozen rivers, frosty branches and (if you’re lucky) cobalt skies are only part of the story. City life is often at its most vivacious at this time of year, spa tourism takes on... Read more »

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