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  • How I spent two months camping in Spain for €19

    How I spent two months camping in Spain for €19

    February 19th, 2014Hayley Spurway
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    Sea-view dining, sleeping to the sound of the waves and bagging beachside accommodation needn’t cost the earth. Hayley Spurway finds some of the best free camping locations across Spain and Portugal. Over two months on the road in the camper van our accommodation costs came to grand total of €19. That’s pretty impressive for a... Read more »

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  • Taking a ride through Lisbon’s historic quarters

    Taking a ride through Lisbon’s historic quarters

    December 6th, 2013Matthew Hancock
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    Just as you should arrive in Venice on a boat, it is best to arrive in Lisbon on a tram, from the point where many people leave it for good: at Prazeres, by the city’s picturesque main cemetery. Get a taxi to the suburban terminus of tram 28 for one of the most atmospheric public-transport... Read more »

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  • Clearing your calendar for bacalhau, Portugal

    Clearing your calendar for bacalhau, Portugal

    December 5th, 2013Matthew Hancock
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    On Lisbon’s Rua do Arsenal, whole window displays are lined with what looks like crinkly grey cardboard. The smell is far from alluring, but from these humble slabs of cod the Portuguese are able to conjure up an alleged 365 different recipes for bacalhau, one for each day of the year. Reassuringly, none of this mummified fish dates back... Read more »

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  • Heart of stone: losing yourself in deepest Iberia

    Heart of stone: losing yourself in deepest Iberia

    December 4th, 2013Site Editor
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    The Beira Baixa is a land of burning plains and granite visions, isolated in one of the most remote corners of Western Europe, where the Spanish border blurs under a broiling sun. Here, if you search hard enough, you’ll find at least two of the most startling medieval villages in Europe: Monsanto – Mon Sanctus... Read more »

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  • Party in the sun at Boom, Portugal

    Party in the sun at Boom, Portugal

    December 3rd, 2013Jeremy Smith
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    Twenty thousand revellers each year come to Boom, Europe’s greatest outdoor dance-music festival, which takes place for a week over the August full moon on a lakeside ranch about 60km from Lisbon. In true summer-of-love fashion it combines non-stop dance music with eco-idealism: here you’ll find sustainability workshops, recycling and composting bins, a permaculture garden... Read more »

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  • Top 9 destinations for American travelers in 2013

    Top 9 destinations for American travelers in 2013

    October 22nd, 2013Lottie Gross
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    If you’re looking for the latest travel hot-spots, check out the top picks from US readers on RoughGuides.com. From Europe to Asia, the Americas, and Australia, here are the most popular overseas destinations for US travelers: 1. Netherlands No larger than the US state of Maryland, the Netherlands is a surprisingly diverse country for its size.... Read more »

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  • Ten free things to do in Lisbon

    Ten free things to do in Lisbon

    September 30th, 2013Matthew Hancock
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    With its stunning setting, sunny climate and an alluring mixture of old world charms and hip nightlife, it is no surprise that Lisbon has moved into the top league of city break destinations. Lisbon has always been one of the most affordable of Europe’s capitals, but its rise in popularity has also seen a hike... Read more »

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  • The world’s most honest cities

    The world’s most honest cities

    September 27th, 2013Lottie Gross
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    Losing your wallet or purse while travelling is often a painstaking mistake. We keep so much of our lives in there: cash, plastic, drivers’ licence, ID cards. When all of those things go missing together, it can be a costly process to get them back. If you’re prone to losing your wallet, dropping things or... Read more »

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  • The best places to go in September

    The best places to go in September

    August 30th, 2013Steve Vickers
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    As the summer holiday season winds down, September is the perfect time to get an off-peak deal or some late sun. Here are our choices for the best places to go on holiday in September. Add your own trip ideas below. Surfing in North Devon, UK For surfers steering board-laden camper vans down North Devon’s... Read more »

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  • Navigating Portugal’s Lake Alqueva

    Navigating Portugal’s Lake Alqueva

    June 28th, 2013Helen Abramson
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    Equipped with her compass, Helen Abramson goes treasure hunting on manmade Lake Alqueva and discovers the joys of GPS during a geocaching adventure. On the map, Lake Alqueva appears as a fierce artery, stretching out into countless capillaries offering countless opportunities to get lost. I feel prepared though; I’ve brought my compass. I’ll be staying... Read more »

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  • 20 wonderful wine regions

    20 wonderful wine regions

    June 14th, 2013Lucy Kane
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  • Ten top places to stay in Portugal

    Ten top places to stay in Portugal

    May 7th, 2013Matthew Hancock
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    From old forts to former hospital ships, ex convents to renovated theatres, Portugal has countless memorable places to stay. Matthew Hancock picks his favourites.   1) Forte de São João da Barra, Cabanas, Algarve If you thought the Algarve was overdeveloped, this stylishly-renovated seventeenth-century sea fort will make you think again. Sitting in an olive grove, it is just... Read more »

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