Absolute Bute: the Scottish island that could just have it all

The UK press claimed the refugees who settled on this island in the Firth of Clyde hated it, but novelist Sophie Cooke finds it...

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Friuli, Italy, guide: what to see plus the best bars, hotels and restaurants

This border region of north-east Italy has stayed out of the limelight but offers dramatic Alpine scenery, gorgeous Adriatic lagoons, and a wealth of...

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Top 10 Paris restaurants for €10 a head

With the traditional Parisian brasserie in decline, a new website is pointing diners to alternative cheap eats. The founders of Les Petites Tables show...

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Walking the new St Hilda’s Way: a journey of lost souls

St Hilda’s Way is a new 40-mile walking trail across the North York moors to Whitby that takes in the churches inspired by the...

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Italy’s best-kept food secret: the sagra festival

Italy’s food festivals are not just a chance to taste fantastic regional specialities, but also to delve into local culture – and autumn is...

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‘Boring’ Frankfurt gets the party started … finally

The Bahnhofsviertel area is combining street parties, art and food with its traditional edginess and helping Germany’s business capital overcome its reputation as being...

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British boltholes: The Yarrow, Broadstairs, Kent: hotel review

East Kent further education college has its own hotel, restaurant and spa, where students learn on the job. A great idea that makes for...

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Great European city breaks you’ve probably never thought of

These small cities may not pack the cultural punch of Europe’s grande dames – and that’s the point of going. All are full of...

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Move over Barcelona: four great alternative city breaks

For weekends away, we tend to stick to the same old places. Why not dodge crowds and high prices at these less high-profile –...

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