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  • A day-by-day itinerary for the perfect weekend in Reykjavík

    A day-by-day itinerary for the perfect weekend in Reykjavík

    May 12th, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    Reykjavík, a bustling port and the world’s most northerly capital, draws visitors from across the globe in record-breaking numbers – and its popularity shows no signs of waning. This is a city with a reputation for hedonistic revelry, where highbrow museums mix with colourful streets and buzzing nightlife. Ready to see what all the fuss... Read more »

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  • 11 tips for travelling in Greece

    11 tips for travelling in Greece

    May 6th, 2016Nick Edwards
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    Although the news has been full of negative stories about the financial and immigrant crises which have engulfed Greece in recent years, there are still many reasons to visit. Its stunning beaches, superb mountain scenery, great food and warm Hellenic welcome are just a few. Our first ever Rough Guide was to Greece, 35 years ago. As... Read more »

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  • The great British seaside: how Margate got cool

    The great British seaside: how Margate got cool

    May 3rd, 2016Rachel Mills
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    Not all that long ago Margate was a forlorn seaside town rejected by even the bucket-and-spade brigade. In a sad story echoed across England, the already struggling high street was devastated by the opening of an out-of-town shopping centre; pubs and restaurants were closing, and the future of this once thriving seaside resort looked grim.... Read more »

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  • Madrid or Barcelona: which should you visit first?

    Madrid or Barcelona: which should you visit first?

    April 27th, 2016Helen Ochyra
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    Spain’s two biggest cities have long had a friendly rivalry – and it goes far beyond football. Madrid is, of course, Spain’s capital city and as well as being more or less geographically at the centre of the country, it is also the centre politically, economically and culturally – as well as the home of... Read more »

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  • Photos: tulip season in the Netherlands is well under way and it’s gorgeous

    Photos: tulip season in the Netherlands is well under way and it’s gorgeous

    April 25th, 2016Nori Jemil
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    During a trip to Keukenhof in the Netherlands, travel photographer Nori Jemil captured Holland‘s tulip season through her lens and the results are beautiful. Here are 22 stunning images from the region’s striking tulip fields. Every spring the bulb fields of Holland’s Bollenstreek region flower in perfumed stripes as visitors flock to Keukenhof, the world-famous spring garden that’s... Read more »

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

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

    April 22nd, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    Barcelona – Spain’s second city – sets the template for urban style, hip design and sheer nonstop energy. Where others tinker at the edges, time and again Barcelona has reinvented itself. Visit for the first time or the fiftieth, Barcelona never fails to surprise. The city’s popularity means finding a hotel vacancy at any time... Read more »

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  • You’ll soon be able to stay at the ICEHOTEL throughout the year

    You’ll soon be able to stay at the ICEHOTEL throughout the year

    April 19th, 2016Eleanor Aldridge
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    The ICEHOTEL, constructed from snow and ice each year, has long been Swedish Lapland’s blockbuster attraction. It features in our list of the top 21 things to do in Sweden, and crops up on bucket lists the world over. Yet when the weather warms in the spring, this extraordinary hotel just melts away. This year,... Read more »

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

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

    April 15th, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    Historic, sprawling, sleepless: London is a wonderful place to visit. Monuments from the capital’s glorious past are everywhere, while you’ll also find cultural and culinary delights from right across the globe. In other words, it really is the archetypal buzzing metropolis. Accommodation in London, however, is expensive. Compared with most European cities, you pay top... Read more »

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  • Flamenco to fortresses: the top things to do in Granada

    Flamenco to fortresses: the top things to do in Granada

    April 7th, 2016Helen Abramson
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    Set in Andalucía, Spain’s southernmost region, Granada is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, and with good reason. The city is in an astounding setting at the confluence of four rivers, backed by the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada, and there are plenty of things to do. The extraordinary palace and fortress of... Read more »

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  • Island-hopping in Croatia: a practical guide

    Island-hopping in Croatia: a practical guide

    April 4th, 2016Jonathan Bousfield
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    With its mountainous coastal backdrop, scattering of tawny islands and giddyingly translucent waters, the Croatian Adriatic offers one of the most compelling seascapes in Europe. Indeed it’s something of an island-hopper’s paradise, with a veritable shoal of ferries providing the opportunity to stride up the gangplank, sprawl on the sun deck and soak up the... Read more »

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  • 12 things to do in Amsterdam with kids

    12 things to do in Amsterdam with kids

    March 30th, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    With its canals, narrow cobbled alleys and trams, the novelty value of Amsterdam can prove entertaining enough for many kids. There’s also a whole host of attractions specifically aimed at young children, ranging from circuses and puppet theatres to urban farms and one of the best zoos in Europe. There are also plenty of opportunities... Read more »

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  • Šibenik: Croatia’s hottest long-weekend destination

    Šibenik: Croatia’s hottest long-weekend destination

    March 30th, 2016Richard Mellor
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    Richard Mellor explores Šibenik, a city tipped as Croatia’s next best tourist hotspot thanks to a new luxury hotel.  It’s appropriate that the parachute’s inventor – one Faust Vrančić, if you’re asking – was born in Šibenik, for this Croatian backwater has its feet firmly on the ground. Having a recent history of battle and bombs... Read more »

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