Archive for June, 2016

Best places to visit in Ibiza: readers’ travel tips

June 3, 2016

If you stray from the superclubs, the Balearic party isle has a wealth of coves, beaches, live music bars, bike rides and cafes to discover Nungwi Village A beautiful approach, meandering down through hills and valleys, brings you to the beach at Benirrás. In Ibiza’s north, this is a pretty stretch of sand and pebbles, […]

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Top 10 alternative music venues in Barcelona

June 3, 2016

Visitors to giant festivals Primavera Sound and Sonar this June should also check out the Catalan capital’s smaller live venues, which are bursting with energy and great music Nungwi Village In a former life, Sidecar – known phonetically to locals as “cedar car” – used to play host to singles nights for the US army, […]

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Off to Cleethorpes, for sea, sand and style

June 3, 2016

Like many British seaside towns, the Lincolnshire resort is witnessing a revival, swapping its kiss-me-quick image for stylish bars and boutiques The lightbulb moment that took Brett Smith back to his seaside home town after an 11-year absence happened close to where we are both sitting. On a break from his Manchester-based job in commercial […]

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Style revival: Britain’s booming seaside towns

June 3, 2016

Traditional resorts like Bournemouth and Torquay, once known for amusement arcades and OAPs, are having a moment, with cocktail bars and cute cafes, new outdoor activities and chic places to stay Since its £14m seafront revamp, Newcastle has become one of Northern Ireland’s most sought-after coastal resorts. Set amid rugged mountainous countryside that rolls down […]

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Roman roaming: a tour of Italy’s Pontine Islands

June 3, 2016

Maldives? Seychelles? No, grazie. When Romans need a break they sail to the Pontine archipelago, a cluster of former prison islands packed with history and surrounded by pristine blue water Fluorescent blue waters, cosy beach bars, stunning natural scenery, great seafood and affordable prices have turned the cool marine jewels of the Pontine Islands, off […]

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Top 10 back-to-nature cottages and campsites in Wales

June 3, 2016

Step out of these Welsh holiday homes and campsites into the great outdoors –with walking, cycling, kayaking or surfing all on the doorstep or nearby The perfect mix of rustic escapism and urban comfort, this pretty stone cottage sits between the Wye valley and the Brecon Beacons, with access to great walking straight from the […]

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Wild Wednesday? Try an after-work adventure

June 3, 2016

Escaping everyday life needn’t wait for the weekend – cycle out to the countryside and return to your desk next morning Alastair Humphreys has cycled around the world, walked across India and rowed across the Atlantic, but he captured my imagination with his adventures much closer to home. These include walking a lap of the […]

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Spain, swords and sorcery: how Tudela enchanted the Game of Thrones producers

June 3, 2016

A key location in season six of GoT, Tudela, in northern Spain, has the perfect blend of drama, desert and ghoulish charm It must be difficult being a Game of Thrones writer. Difficult to find gruesome new ways to maim and kill people. The show’s millions of fans aren’t going to be kept happy with […]

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Modernist living: let your mind wander at Alain de Botton’s Life House

June 3, 2016

The latest house in the philosopher’s Living Architecture project is a minimalist space in Wales that offers an expansive – if expensive – escape from everyday life The living room of Tŷ Bywyd fills me with awe and terror. Awe because the room is museum-huge, with pale timber beams and a wall of windows overlooking […]

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The Venice synagogue at the heart of the world’s first ghetto

June 3, 2016

The 16th-century Schola Grande Tedesca is worth a visit for its extraordinary interior but, as the arts writer discovers, also for what it reveals about the history of the Jewish community in Europe This is one of the oddest spaces I’ve ever been in. The geometry is unique: it is a trapezoid tapering toward two […]

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