Tourism

Secret Britain: an ancient timeline through the landscape

From shamans to sacked churches, an anthropologist reveals nine atmospheric sites that help tell the British story Britain boasts a past that’s far stranger than might be expected. Those who look far enough back can discover cannibals, shamans and sun, moon and water-worshippers, Christian initiations and pagan bog sacrifices. There’s also evidence of prehistoric mummification, […]

Idyllic English pastoral: an off-grid cottage holiday in East Sussex

On a hill, next to a meadow, is a crooked cottage with gingham curtains. There, adventurers weary from hiking through the apple orchard and the bracken and hay can rest in the glow of the woodburner, drifting off to sleep to the hoot of a neighbouring owl. Such a picturesque scene might sound like it […]

Unspoiled beaches, dunes and great food to discover: summer in southern Sicily

Has fear of coronavirus emptied the beaches – or have I chanced upon one of the last unspoiled stretches of coastline in Italy? I am on the sand at Santa Maria del Focallo in southern Sicily. Around me, a few clusters of friends and families are huddled under umbrellas or cooling off in the sea. […]

How to visit Amsterdam while stuck at home in lockdown

Museums and galleries The Rijksmuseum has been digitising for years. Hundreds of thousands of images from our collection are now available on Rijksstudio to view, download, print, turn into puzzles … Our best-known artwork is Rembrandt’s The Night Watch: catch up with the current restoration project at Operation Night Watch, or take a virtual tour of the museum with our free […]

The bold new plan for an Indigenous-led development in Vancouver

The scrubby, vacant patch beneath the Burrard Street Bridge in Vancouver looks at first glance like a typical example of the type of derelict nook common to all cities: 11.7 acres of former railway lands, over which tens of thousands of people drive every day. This is not any old swath of underused space, however. […]

HOW MUCH DO YOU NEED IN THESE COUNTRIES TO BE RICH?

Money is a pretty simple concept on the surface, but even the most basic of questions can be difficult to answer. Even something as simple as determining how much you need to be rich can be tricky. The reality is that being considered as a “rich person” is pretty broad depending on where you are […]

A local’s guide to Galway City: 10 top tips

Festivals – all the time Galwegians love to celebrate, and seem to go from one festival to another. As joint capital of culture it has a huge programme of events – along with existing festivals. Cúirt is an Old Irish word for a court of poetry, and the name of a week-long festival of literature (20-25 April) that Seamus Heaney, Edna O’Brien […]

The most romantic car-free itineraries in the UK

‘Love your planet’ is the message from environmental charities this Valentine’s. Ahead of the day, our car-free columnist maps out trips by train and bus. Doune and Stirling Catch the 59 bus to Doune from Stirling (around half an hour by train from Edinburgh or Glasgow). Once there visit grey-walled Doune Castle (£9/£5.40), by the riverside. It’s a beautiful […]

10 of the best things to do in Cluj-Napoca, Romania: a local’s guide

Lively old town The historic centre around Unirii Square, the largest square in Cluj, is beautiful. Look out for the Hotel Melody Central. It opened in 1890 as a hotel but has also been a jazz club and a chapel. St Michael’s church is a huge gothic building and sights around the square include Old Banffy Palace, which now […]

Views you don’t get on the freeway … across America by train

Things might have been different if only Jack Kerouac had known how to hop a freight train. His attempts, described at the outset of the book that gained him celebrity, were a failure; a romantic notion from a bygone era that, in reality, proved tricky. Much easier to hitch a lorry ride. And thus the […]

A local’s guide to Vienna: 10 top tips

District life Vienna is divided into 23 districts (Bezirke), each distinct in reputation and purpose. The old town, officially the Innere Stadt (1st district, with St Stephen’s cathedral at its heart), is surrounded by the Ringstrasse, a splendid boulevard begun in the 1850s and not quite finished by the time the Austro-Hungarian Empire collapsed in […]

A local’s guide to Cologne: 10 top tips

Spiritual gifts There are many more amazing churches and spiritual spots to visit than just the incredible cathedral with its 157-metre twin spires, one of Germany’s most famous and visited buildings. For example, Melaten-Friedhof is among the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe, set in a huge park with wonderful trees and plants that attract lots of birds. […]

Christmas and New Year sporting events to join: readers’ tips

Winning tip: Swim with the Grinch, Westward Ho! What better way to shake off indulgences of New Year’s Eve than donning your Santa suit and having a little dip in the ocean. Westward Ho! hosts a fun-filled New Year’s Day event where swimmers dress in a Christmas theme. We’ve swum with elves, reindeer and grinches. We had […]

The Ice Hotel opens for winter in Swedish Lapland – in pictures

In 1989, Ice Hotel founder Yngve Bergqvist turned his summer business, offering whitewater rafting and mountain biking, into a year-round concern, by opening an igloo that allowed visitors to stay in Jukkasjärvi during winter. The Ice Hotel was born, and 30 years on features designer suites such as White Santorini (pictured) by architects Haemee Han and Jaeyual […]

Sculpted by time: Eduardo Chillida museum reopens in San Sebastián

An eight-metre monolithic sculpture of reddish steel stands before me in the middle of a hilly field. Solid and grounded, the structure’s 22 tons contrast with the upward-reaching movement of its lines. As it soars towards the sky, the whole thing speaks of time and space in epic proportions. FacebookTwitterPinterest Buscando la Luz (Searching for the […]

10 of the best small family-friendly festivals in the UK for 2019

Elderflower Fields, East Sussex The wild, hilly estate of Pippingford Park, near Uckfield, is a perfect backdrop for the outdoor fun of Elderflower Fields, now in its eighth year. With views across Sussex healthland and ancient woods, there’s climbing, kayaking, trapeze sessions, freerunning (parkour) and nature workshops – and a huge family picnic on the […]

10 of the best city B&Bs in Europe: readers’ travel tips

Winning tip: La Ferrade, Bordeaux Outside the city centre but only 20 minutes or so by bus, this B&B is beautifully furnished and great value. One of the best reasons to stay here is Yolande, the friendly owner, who couldn’t do enough for us. She recommended great restaurants and gave us tips on what to […]

36 Hours in Rio de Janeiro

To come to this sprawling, dynamic Brazilian city without preconceptions, whether they’re about bikinis or President Jair Bolsonaro, is just about impossible. But Rio constantly finds ways to surprise — whether it’s a friendly resident walking you to a shop you just can’t find; sobering evidence of the city’s slave trade; or the discovery that food […]

40 of the best beaches in Europe

Spain La Concha, San Sebastián It’s the Chrysler Building of beaches: instantly recognisable but nevertheless thrilling and heart-lifting. La Concha is the most beautiful urban beach in Spain: a scallop of cream sand and sparkling sapphire waters with forested headlands, an island – Santa Clara – and a peppering of boats. The belle-époque seafront dates […]

10 reasons to visit Bamberg

Half-timbered houses and imposing buildings make Bamberg memorable. Its historical center is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The title is well-earned, as a visit demonstrates. Like Rome, Bamberg was built on seven hills, which is why it bears the nickname “Franconian Rome.” Each hill is crowned with a church. The most important one is the […]

Yeni, London: ‘Underwhelming dishes and in-yer-face pricing’ – restaurant review

Yeni, 55 Beak Street, London W1F 9SH (020 3475 1903). Starters £9-£17. Mains £21-£32. Desserts £9. Wines from £29 Following a major car crash, there’s usually an investigation to work out what caused it. Was it driver error? Or perhaps environmental factors? At some point, the people behind Yeni, a newly opened import from Istanbul to […]

The ‘magic’ lift pass to 30 Swiss ski resorts

Switzerland’s Magic Pass covers quiet villages in and around Val d’Anniviers with peaceful pistes and untracked powder. Was this really a ski resort? It was hard to tell when we arrived at the empty car park just outside Evolène, in Switzerland’s Val d’Hérens. The usual ski resort paraphernalia – pylons, giant flashing piste maps, noisy […]

Treasured island: a family adventure on the Isle of Man

With everything from goat walking and gorge scrambling to sunsets, scallops and Viking kings, the Isle of Man is an outdoor playground, as Rhonda Carrier and family discovered The boys are buzzing, grinning from ear to ear; I haven’t seen them so excited in ages. I must confess, the grownup half of our family has […]

Pilgrims’ progress: a new mountain hotel in Vietnam

We’ve all done it: fetched up somewhere so idyllic on our travels that we hate the thought of going home to stress and normal life. More than 2,000 years ago, a Chinese wise man, An Ky Sinh, felt this way when he arrived at Yen Tu mountain in northern Vietnam. He had been sent by […]

A local’s guide to Ibiza: 10 top tips

Beach bar Es Cavallet – a kilometre of beautiful sand, dunes and wild rolling waves – is one of Ibiza’s official nudist beaches. It is home to the Chiringay bar, the high-end La Escollera restaurant and also one of my favourite places to eat, El Chiringuito, which has DJs, views of the sea and good food. Seafood and meat mains start […]

10 of the best UK spring breaks

Walking, North Yorkshire The North York Moors come alive in spring, with heather creating a sweet-scented carpet of colour for walkers – and there are plenty of pubs and tearooms for refuelling. Join a three-night walking break with HF Holidaysfor guided moor and coast hikes from a base at Larpool Hall, Whitby. This year is also the […]

Big Change in Little Cottonwood Canyon

When Cassie Dippo’s family moved from the city of New York to the slopes of Alta, Utah, in 1965, she was 9 years old. The snow was dry and white and famously light and often so deep it reached well past her (and her father’s) waist. There were four chairlifts. Lift tickets were $4.50. And lining […]

Valbona valley in the winter

A valley filled with rivers, spectacular waterfalls and endless forests under the shadow of the high peaks that appear everywhere. A hearty hospitality, according to centuries-old mountain traditions, and cooks with organic products of the region that are full of flavor. A clean air that seems to add life and an ideal calm! The Valley […]

Five Places to Visit in Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills is more approachable than you might expect for a ZIP code typically associated with Lamborghinis and reality stars. It has a surprising number of sidewalk cafes and swaths of greenery. That village-like charm, coupled with residents’ famously refined palates, is what attracted Cash Black to the area seven years ago. “Jewelry. Cars. Wine. […]

Japan’s most beautiful ryokans invite you to do absolutely nothing

 Part of the experience of staying in a ryokan, a traditional Japanese guesthouse, is the relief you’ll feel as soon as you walk in the door. It’s a mindset shift, the opportunity to fully switch to a different, older pace of life where there’s little to do but relax and enjoy the serene surroundings. Ryokan […]

Japan has so many vacant homes it’s giving them away

Four years ago, Naoko and Takayuki Ida were given a house. For free. It’s a spacious, two-story home nestled amid trees on a winding country road in the small town of Okutama, in Tokyo prefecture. Before moving, the couple and their children — two teenagers and a five-year-old — were all living with Naoko’s parents. “We […]

To leave New York for Albanian alps

Somewhere books, a beautifully stitched wine, a characteristic chair, a table with abashed, elements that do not disrupt the alpine silence, but they do not escape our eye. A Snow White has entered this apartment and has beautifully changed furniture places. As soon as we sit in the room adopted as a home-like restaurant, a […]

Finding the Perfect Cocktail in Buenos Aires

To get a general idea of how the people of Buenos Aires drink, you need only go inside any grocery or convenience store. It won’t be too many steps before you’re confronted with an end-of-aisle liquor display. But it won’t be vodka or rum on sale. It will be Campari, Fernet Branca, Cynar, Cinzano vermouth or Gancia, […]

The Greek beach bar with an incredible moving roof

 Who knew a roof could become an Internet sensation? At the picture-perfect Greek resort of Costa Navarino in Greece, that’s exactly what’s happened. The Barbouni beach bar restaurant’s canopy ceiling has become ubiquitous on Instagram, thanks to an incredible architectural feat — when the wind ripples through the ridged canopy, the roof whistles and moves in the breeze. […]

Chinese President Xi Jinping opens world’s longest sea-crossing bridge

Chinese President Xi Jinping officially opened the world’s longest sea-crossing bridge Tuesday at a ceremony in the southern city of Zhuhai. The $20 billion megaproject further connects mainland China with the semi-autonomous territories of Hong Kong and Macau, with a 55-kilometer (34-mile) road bridge that has been in the works for almost nine years. It’s a […]

The Ultimate Luxury Gers In Mongolia’s Expansive Gobi Desert

The best places in the world are often the hardest to get to. I’ve found this time and time again at places such as the Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge in Uganda, the Galapagos Safari Camp in Ecuador, Nihi Sumba in Indonesia, and the Explora resort in Patagonia. Now on my list is the Three Camel Lodge in Mongolia, a wildly obscure and pristine luxury ger […]

It’s a jungle out there: Costa Rica with kids

Full of exotic animals and rainforests but also child-friendly, Costa Rica is the perfect natural playground for a family adventure. It’s dark in the rainforest, the air thick with strange croaks and chirps, and our group moves slowly, following José’s torchlight. As he gestures for us to stop, we gather around in silence, the adults […]

Albanian Agrobusiness Fair was held in Tirana

This year the Albanian Agrobusiness Fair was held in Tirana. In Mother Teresa Square people have come from all over Albania to promote their businesses. These businesses have advertised the best of their products which has made this square “Mother Teresa” square back to a knowledge station of Albanian culture and tradition. To know better […]

Redefining The Retreat With SHA Wellness

Transforming a life in just three or four days. That’s the aim at SHA Wellness in Alicante, Spain. Today the word “wellness” is batted around constantly, and it has come to mean everything from an informed and transformative haven like SHA to saying no to a croissant at the morning buffet. A remedy for the conveyor-belt speed of […]

Asian Town, Qatar’s mall for migrants: ‘You can’t ignore the racial undertones’

At first glance, it is like any other entertainment complex in Qatar: a giant shopping mall, a multiplex cinema and an amphitheatre for musical shows. But there are no high-end boutiques, no women … and no Qataris. Welcome to Asian Town, an entertainment and shopping venue in the heart of the largest labour camp in Qatar, […]

World’s longest nonstop flight

Singapore to New York, nonstop. Almost 19 hours in the air. Starting October 11, 2018, passengers on Singapore Airlines’ newest plane, the Airbus A350-900 ULR — for Ultra Long-Range — will travel on a record-breaking, globe-spanning flight that will reconnect the two major metropolises. The airline used to fly the gas-guzzling, four-engine A340-500 on the 9,500-mile route, with […]

Armenia’s ancient city on the brink of change

A months-long peaceful protest movement in Armenia has brought new hope and booming business to its capital, Yerevan. Though a small country of just three million people, Armenia made global waves last spring with its Velvet Revolution – a months-long peaceful protest movement that eventually resulted in the resignation of the long-standing prime minister Serzh Sargsyan and election […]

This Disneyland Dinner Costs $15,000 And People Can’t Get Enough Of It

If you’ve ever wanted to shell out $15,000 for an exclusive dinner inside one of Walt Disney’s hidden getaways, you’re in luck. 21 Royal, the ultra-élite dining room set in a little-known sanctuary in Disneyland, offers precisely that. Now accepting reservations for dinner parties of up to twelve people, you can get a taste of some […]

World’s first high-altitude cable car roof terrace opens in France

Hikers, skiers and sightseers can now ride on top of the Grande Motte cable car, almost 3,500m above sea level, for even more spectacular views of the Alps I’ll be honest, I’ve never been in a cable car, 3,000 metres above sea level and thought: this is lovely, but it would be even better if […]

10 of the best off-grid adventures in Europe: readers’ tips

From islands in Sweden to peaks in Georgia, readers reveal their favourite unspoilt corners. Winning tip: Roaming Romania The Fagaras are Romania’s highest mountains and we spent a couple of days hiking them from our base in the beautiful town of Victoria; the open-air market had everything we needed for the day, and trail markings […]

One of the Longest Hiking Trails in the World Just Opened in Chile

For those who’d walk 1,000 miles (and 700 more), a new adventure awaits. The Chilean government just announced the creation of the Route of Parks, a 1,700-mile hiking trail that runs through Patagonia to Cape Horn. The entire route connects 17 national parks and winds through lakes, volcanoes, rainforests, and the Andes Mountains. It will be one of […]

5 Reasons To Get To This Italian Alpine Gem Before Everyone Else Does

Italy is known for its epochal cities and glittering coastlines, but lesser so (at least outside of Europe) for its majestic Alpine regions. In an age of overtourism, under-the-radar spots are getting a fresh look from weary travelers eager to avoid selfie-stick wielding crowds. One area whose star is on the rise is the Trentino, the […]

Six Reasons Why You Should Choose Martinique For Your Winter Escape

Finally, the weather has turned! There’s a familiar chill to the air and the breeze carries a hint of cold. Now is the perfect time to plan a winter escape, just after the holidays perhaps, to ease the path towards spring. Here are my six reasons to pick the gorgeous island of Martinique, a slice […]

DON’T MYTH OUT A trip around Greece on the Celestyal Crystal is the perfect cruise for a woman in her twenties

CRUISING is for old people, right? That was my view ahead of my seven-day Greek voyage on the Celestyal Crystal. How wrong I was. The luxurious trip was perfect for a woman in her twenties used to lying around in her bikini — and now I understand why cruises are becoming so popular with a […]

Hong Kong’s hot pot obsession

Gai Bo is so comforting, flavourful and affordable that it has become a staple in a city that has a short attention span when it comes to food trends. It was past midnight in a residential area in Cheung Sha Wan, and only Tai Po King Restaurant and a few other local eateries were still open on […]

Cape of Rodon, Albania

Cape of Rodon is a strip of land bordered by the Adriatic Sea in the east and the Lalezi bay in the south. It is the biggest cape in Albania and a “kept-secret” place – until the past years when a group of young people built a social camp (but the beach is public for use) and […]

Something for Pogradec

Pogradec is beautiful city and has places to visit from us. Let’s start from village Lin. Lin is situated on a small peninsula on Lake Ohrid, just south of the Qafe Thane mountain pass, which is a border-crossing point between Albania-Macedonia. The Albania Tosk Dialect is spoken in this area. Lin is the only place […]