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  • Get on board: the 5 best European river cruises

    Get on board: the 5 best European river cruises

    March 29th, 2016AnneLise Sorensen
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    Among a certain segment of travellers, cruising is sometimes maligned: the dismal buffet and watered-down cocktails. Those kitschy lounge acts. The contrived shore excursions. But that, as they say, was then. Cruising today, and especially river cruising, offers an entirely different experience, from celebrity chef-driven cuisine to stargazing lounges to bike rides along leafy canals.... Read more »

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  • 7 stunning European islands you’ve probably never heard of

    7 stunning European islands you’ve probably never heard of

    March 25th, 2016Robin McKelvie
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    We’ve all heard of the big hitters, such as Ibiza, Corsica and Sicily, but what about Europe’s lesser known islands? Have you ever dreamt of mixing it up with a windswept, heart-pumping hike on the remote hills of Foula? Or kicking through the sweeps of sand that pass for roads on La Graciosa? It pays... Read more »

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  • Make the most of Malta: a first-timer’s guide

    Make the most of Malta: a first-timer’s guide

    March 22nd, 2016Andy Turner
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    For a few chunks of rock in the southern Mediterranean, Malta is a hugely versatile destination. Like its unique language, the country is an intriguing blend of Italian, Arabic and British influences, a legacy of centuries of invasion and assimilation. As its capital, Valletta, gears up for a stint as European City of Culture in 2018, Andy... Read more »

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  • Travel writing competition: win the trip of a lifetime & become a Rough Guides writer

    Travel writing competition: win the trip of a lifetime & become a Rough Guides writer

    March 21st, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    *This competition is now closed* Always wanted to be a travel writer? Well you’re in luck. Last year we ran our travel writing competition and the winner, Steph Dyson, has become one of our regular contributors. This year, we’re opening it up again to seek out the best untapped travel writing talent. Enter the competition... Read more »

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  • Hot tub happiness: the dos and don’ts of Icelandic spas

    Hot tub happiness: the dos and don’ts of Icelandic spas

    March 21st, 2016Mike MacEacheran
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    Going for a spa in Iceland can feel wonderfully alien. Against a backdrop of barren moonscapes and denuded hills, the waters are so preternaturally blue, so exaggerated and preposterously warm, that a simple dip can feel borderline indecent. Venture from the capital Reykjavik as far as Reyðarfjörður in the extreme east and you’ll also find... Read more »

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

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

    March 17th, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    Almost fifty years since John Lennon and Yoko Ono promoted world peace from room 702 of the Hilton, Amsterdam’s hotels are more worthy of the spotlight than ever. Even for seasoned travellers, it’s fair to say that the city’s accommodation options are among the most exciting in Europe. Take your pick from handsomely converted old... Read more »

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  • Greek food: 11 delicious dishes you need to try

    Greek food: 11 delicious dishes you need to try

    March 15th, 2016Esme Fox
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    Greeks love their food. They love to eat and love to feed others; this is one place you’re guaranteed never to feel hungry. Unlike the typical British or American three square meals a day, the Greeks eat up to five times a day. Greek food uses mainly fresh local ingredients such as Mediterranean vegetables, olive... Read more »

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  • 7 must-visit places in Spain you’ve probably never considered

    7 must-visit places in Spain you’ve probably never considered

    March 14th, 2016Emma Gibbs
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    Spain’s massive size means that it’s thankfully not as hard as you might expect to wander off the well-beaten tourist track. Whether it’s quiet coves, tucked away old villages or eerie landscapes you’re after, here are seven places that you’ve probably never heard of but really should visit in Spain. 1. Las Alpujarras, Andalucía South... Read more »

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  • 1500 chefs around the world will celebrate French food next week

    1500 chefs around the world will celebrate French food next week

    March 10th, 2016Eleanor Aldridge
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    When it comes to food, the French don’t do things by halves. It should come as little surprise then that this year sees the launch of the second Good France event, a global celebration of the country’s gastronomy to surpass all others. The day was created in 2015 to mark the inclusion of French cuisine on... Read more »

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  • 6 of the best beach holidays in Italy

    6 of the best beach holidays in Italy

    March 7th, 2016Natasha Foges
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    Italy’s sun-kissed coastline is undeniably easy on the eye, but that doesn’t always translate into great beaches. Take the Amalfi Coast: surely one of the most beautiful stretches of coast in the world, but its pockets of grey sand (or silver, as the locals spin it) can come as an anti-climax. In general, Italy can’t... Read more »

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  • The 10 most beautiful places in Europe – chosen by you

    The 10 most beautiful places in Europe – chosen by you

    March 4th, 2016Lottie Gross
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    Pin To celebrate publication of the new Rough Guide to First-Time Europe, we took to Facebook and Twitter to ask our followers to vote for the most beautiful places in Europe. After much debate, it was whittled it down to the top ten. These are the most beautiful places in Europe – as chosen by you. 10. Iceland... Read more »

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  • Why London is the world’s most eccentric city

    Why London is the world’s most eccentric city

    March 1st, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    London is celebrated for many things. And rightly so; it’s up there with the most progressive, creative and historic cities in the world. But here at Rough Guides the thing we love most about London is its marvellous eccentricities. Pin While editing the latest Rough Guide to London, Greg Dickinson took note of some of... Read more »

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