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  • Why Reykjavík makes the perfect weekend break

    Why Reykjavík makes the perfect weekend break

    February 17th, 2015Lottie Gross
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    Iceland might not be the first place that springs to mind when you’re planning a weekend away. The obvious cities like Paris, Berlin or Budapest would probably occur to you well before Reykjavík becomes an option. But after a four-night jaunt across some of Iceland’s impressive landscapes, including the Golden Circle and Reykjanes Peninsula, Lottie... Read more »

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  • 12 tips for backpacking through Europe

    12 tips for backpacking through Europe

    February 16th, 2015Eleanor Aldridge
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    Europe has it all: sprawling cities and quaint villages; boulevards, promenades and railways; mountains, beaches and lakes. Some places will be exactly how you imagined: Venice is everything it’s cracked up to be; springtime in Paris has even hardened cynics melting with the romance of it all; Oxford’s colleges really are like Harry Potter film... Read more »

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  • The most beautiful city in the world – as voted by you

    The most beautiful city in the world – as voted by you

    February 12th, 2015Lottie Gross
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  • Discover the world’s most technologically advanced cruise ship

    Discover the world’s most technologically advanced cruise ship

    February 11th, 2015Jonathan Weinberg
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    Robotic bar staff and virtual reality aren’t the first things that come to mind when thinking about cruises. But it’s time to forget images of golden-oldies sunning themselves on deck with a pina colada in one hand and foil reflector in the other: Royal Caribbean’s US-based Quantum of the Seas is the most technologically-advanced cruise... Read more »

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  • 13 striking pictures of Venice Carnival

    13 striking pictures of Venice Carnival

    February 10th, 2015Kiki Deere
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    This year, one of Rough Guides’ roaming authors and photographers, Kiki Deere, returned to northern Italy for one of Europe’s most memorable festivals. Here, she shares 13 stunning pictures of the Venice Carnival. “Carnival has always played an important role in my life, having been brought up in northern Italy“, she says, “but experiencing Carnival in Venice is different... Read more »

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  • 10 reasons to visit Plovdiv, Bulgaria

    10 reasons to visit Plovdiv, Bulgaria

    February 9th, 2015Jonathan Bousfield
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    Billed as the oldest continually inhabited city in Europe, Bulgaria’s second city of Plovdiv is also one of the continent’s brightest upcoming stars. As well as offering archeological treasures by the barrow-load, it is one of the most culturally vibrant places in southeastern Europe, with enough cultural festivals, arty neighbourhoods and cool bars to keep... Read more »

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  • Is Hull the least romantic place in the UK?

    Is Hull the least romantic place in the UK?

    February 5th, 2015Emma Gibbs
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    It may be the UK’s next City of Culture, but that hasn’t stopped Hull from being voted the least romantic destination in the UK. The annual “Destination Romance Report” from Hotels.com saw a not insubstantial fifth of the Brits polled vote for the Yorkshire city as lacking in the romance department. And we’d have to... Read more »

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  • 24 hours in Madrid

    24 hours in Madrid

    February 5th, 2015Site Editor
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    On a weekend jaunt to Spain’s capital, Madrid, Rough Guides editors Andy Turner, Olivia Rawes, Greg Dickinson and Lottie Gross set themselves the challenge of staying up for 24 hours to discover what the city has to offer day and night. Here’s how they got on… 9am: a cycle tour of the city With just... Read more »

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  • In pictures: traditional dress around the world

    In pictures: traditional dress around the world

    February 2nd, 2015Alice Park
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  • West Bay: the real Broadchurch location

    West Bay: the real Broadchurch location

    January 30th, 2015Matthew Hancock
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    ITV’s Broadchurch is back for series two, so we asked Matthew Hancock to take us on a tour of the hit show’s location, West Bay in Dorset. The body is probably male, medium build and partly decomposed. There is no obvious cause of death. I’m standing in West Bay in Dorset, below the iconic landmark for... Read more »

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  • Win a cycling trip for two along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

    Win a cycling trip for two along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

    January 27th, 2015Lottie Gross
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    THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. With hundreds of scenic roads and tracks ripe for exploring, there’s no better way to see the Irish countryside than on two wheels. Enter this competition and you could be the lucky winner of an IrelandWays.com cycling trip for two… We’re giving one lucky pair the chance to cycle one of... Read more »

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  • An edible exploration: east London in 5 foods

    An edible exploration: east London in 5 foods

    January 27th, 2015Lottie Gross
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    It’s not the most attractive area of London, but Shoreditch is  a compelling district. Once famous for its turbulent history of crime and immigration, today this corner of London’s East End has been enlivened by an ever-expanding street art scene, a cluster of Sunday markets and an influx of hipsters toting handlebar moustaches and double... Read more »

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