Archive for May, 2015

Essaouira for a weekend break? Yes, thanks to a new direct flight

May 3, 2015

The Moroccan town of Essaouira is well-known to watersports fans, but new direct flights from the UK bring more of the rugged coastal province within reach for a romantic break Top 10 B&Bs and riads in Essaouira A donkey brayed outside our window and I woke, fumbling for a light switch before I remembered where […]

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Avignon city guide: what to see plus the best bars, restaurants and hotels

May 3, 2015

Eurostar’s new direct service to the south of France has cut the journey time from London to Avignon to under six hours. The historic capital of Provence may be most famous for a song and a broken-down bridge, but its up-to-the-minute performing arts festival, great food and places to stay make it worth the train […]

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Lyon city guide: what to see plus the best bars, restaurants and hotels

May 3, 2015

Now within striking distance of London thanks to the new direct Eurostar service, France’s second city is bursting with cultural ambition, with festivals, new museums and a revamped dockland area. And its famous food and wines just get better … Nungwi Village • Avignon city guide • Marseille city guide There was an altercation at […]

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Let’s go to … Harrogate, North Yorkshire

May 3, 2015

The Harrogate Flower Show is almost upon us but it’s not the only attraction luring visitors to the North Yorkshire spa town – there’s beer and Turkish Baths too 10 of the best budget restaurants in Harrogate Why go now?To attend one of Britain’s best gardening events, the Harrogate Spring Flower Show (23-26 April). You’ll […]

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Top 10 national parks in Europe: readers’ travel tips

May 3, 2015

Our article on Europe’s less-well-known national parks caught your attention and prompted hundreds of you to submit tips for more areas to explore in the article’s comments section. Here is a selection of what you liked best 10 of the best ancient ruins … that you’ve probably never heard of The best of … US […]

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Let’s go to … Newcastle

May 3, 2015

The newly reopened Newcastle Castle is just one reason to hit the Toon. If you’re bringing the kids there’s loads to do – and plenty of fun stuff for adults, too Top 10 budget restaurants and cafes in Newcastle Newcastle’s top 10 craft beer pubs Why now?Newcastle Castle has just reopened after a £1.67m renovation […]

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Gothenburg city guide: what to visit plus bars, restaurants and hotels

May 3, 2015

With its sun-dappled islands, waterways, cobbled streets and laid-back vibe, Sweden’s second city is a must-visit in spring and summer More on Sweden: Stockholm city guide What used to be passed over as a nondescript port city is now one of Europe’s most sought-after weekend destinations: last year, Gothenburg’s visitor numbers topped four million for […]

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Top 10 traffic-free cycle rides in the UK

May 3, 2015

The National Cycle Network, which features more than 14,000 miles of walking and cycling paths across the UK, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. To provide some pedalling inspiration we’ve selected 10 of the best car-free routes from a new guide to the network Length 10 milesStart Millennium Green, RiccallFinish York MinsterOne of the National Cycle […]

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French toast: the pudding of 2015?

May 3, 2015

Critics are, all of a sudden, falling over themselves to praise the age-old snack/dessert. Why has it been thrust into the foodie-limelight – and where are the best places to try it? This is not just any french toast. This is a slice of french toast with paparazzi. Search photo-sharing sites such as Instagram and […]

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The 40 best restaurants in Britain

May 3, 2015

Forty chefs open up their address books for Observer Food Monthly and reveal their favourite places to eat, from Inverness to Paignton and from Michelin-starred restaurants to a pie and mash shop 1 Wright Brothers, SpitalfieldsChosen by Angela Hartnett, Murano, Cafe MuranoWhat with Hawksmoor, Tramshed and the rest, east London’s dead meaty these days, so […]

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