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  • Sauntering through the ruins of Ani, Turkey

    Sauntering through the ruins of Ani, Turkey

    January 21st, 2014Site Editor
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    The ruins of Ani are a traveller’s dream – picture-perfect scenery, whacking great dollops of history, and almost nobody around to see it. While Turkey as a whole has been enjoying ever more popularity as a tourist destination, the number heading to its eastern reaches remains thrillingly low, lending an air of mystery to its... Read more »

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  • Get down and dirty in Dalyan, Turkey

    Get down and dirty in Dalyan, Turkey

    January 20th, 2014Martin Dunford
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    Stepping off the boat at Dalyan’s mud baths, you’ll be forgiven for wishing you hadn’t. But don’t be put off by the revolting rotten-egg stench of the sulphur pools – after a revitalizing day here, you’ll be gagging for more. The instructions are simple – roll in the mud, bake yourself in the sun till... Read more »

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  • Music, dance and drama in ancient Aspendos, Turkey

    Music, dance and drama in ancient Aspendos, Turkey

    January 16th, 2014Site Editor
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    It’s a hot summer’s evening; overhead is a soft, purple-black and star-strewn sky. The incessant chirrup of cicadas mingles with the murmur of thousands of voices – Turkish, German, English, Russian – and the popping of corks, as the 15,000-strong audience settles down, passes round wine and olives and eagerly awaits the entertainment ahead. All... Read more »

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  • Things not to miss in Jordan

    Things not to miss in Jordan

    January 1st, 2014Lottie Gross
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    Despite its natural beauty and vast array of historical sites, Jordan welcomes only a fraction of the visitors to the Middle East. When many think of Jordan, they picture camels and deserts – which admittedly make up 85 percent of its land mass – but this is also a country of mountains, beaches, castles and churches, with a welcoming... Read more »

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  • The best places to visit in February

    The best places to visit in February

    December 30th, 2013Olivia Rawes
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    Dark, dreary and cold in Europe and North America, February often feels like a long drag before spring arrives. Yet it’s a fantastic time to travel. Warm, balmy weather and riotous carnivals beckon below the equator, while chillier climes should be embraced for snow-fuelled activities and unique wildlife watching opportunities. Here are our tips on... Read more »

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  • 22 stunning images from the Travel Photographer of the Year Awards

    22 stunning images from the Travel Photographer of the Year Awards

    December 16th, 2013Lottie Gross
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    After a search for the most captivating, exciting and beautiful travel photography, the Travel Photographer of the Year Awards announced their final winners last week. Here is a selection of our favourite images from this set of talented photographers. Eagle hunter, Alti Region, Mongolia Pin By Simon Morris | www.tpoty.com Powell Point, Grand Canyon South Rim, USA Pin... Read more »

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  • 19 fantastic spots for wild swimming

    19 fantastic spots for wild swimming

    October 4th, 2013Alison Roberts
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  • Blazing a trail at Dana Nature Reserve, Jordan

    Blazing a trail at Dana Nature Reserve, Jordan

    October 4th, 2013Matthew Teller
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    When you think of eco-friendly travel, the Middle East might not immediately spring to mind. In environmental terms, the region is a disaster, characterized by a general lack of awareness of the issues and poor – if any – legislative safeguards. But Jordan is quietly working wonders, and the impact in recent years of the... Read more »

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  • Walking the Siq to Petra

    Walking the Siq to Petra

    October 3rd, 2013Matthew Teller
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    Tucked away between parallel rocky ranges in southern Jordan, Petra is awe-inspiring. Popular but rarely crowded, this fabled site could keep you occupied for half a day or half a year: you can roam its dusty tracks and byways for miles in every direction. Petra was the capital of the Nabateans, a tribe originally from Arabia who traded with,... Read more »

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  • Bedouin camping at Wadi Rum, Jordan

    Bedouin camping at Wadi Rum, Jordan

    October 1st, 2013Matthew Teller
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    This excerpt from Make The Most Of Your Time On Earth sees one intrepid Rough Guides writer experience a night to remember… My Bedouin guide settled forward over his ribaba, a simple traditional stringed instrument. As he drew the bow to and fro, the mournful, reedy music seemed to fill the cool night air, echoing... Read more »

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  • Masada: conquering Herod’s hilltop palace

    Masada: conquering Herod’s hilltop palace

    September 19th, 2013Site Editor
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    The steep cliffs rising out of the Judean Desert look like an unlikely place for a fortress, but there, 400m up, overlooking the Dead Sea, sits the legendary stronghold of Masada. Masada was first fortified by Herod the Great in the late first century BC, who was apparently so scared his people would revolt that he built this... Read more »

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  • Checking out the Bauhaus architecture in Tel Aviv

    Checking out the Bauhaus architecture in Tel Aviv

    September 18th, 2013Site Editor
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    Tel Aviv is a city with chutzpah, a loud, gesticulating expression of urban Jewish culture. Revelling in a Mediterranean-style café culture, it has dozens of bars and clubs, all aimed squarely at the under-30s. It doesn’t seem likely to have much in the way of architectural interest – it was only founded in 1909 –... Read more »

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