Archive for June, 2016

Barcelona’s slave trade history revealed on new walking tour

June 3, 2016

A tour of the Ramblas and Gothic Quarter highlights a dark part of Barcelona’s past, including how many of its famous sights were built with fortunes made from slavery Nungwi Village Modernisme, Catalonia’s stunning take on art nouveau, is as important to the Barcelona brand as Barça striker Lionel Messi. The work of Antoni Gaudí […]

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Amsterdam Noord: the best galleries, bars, restaurants and hotels

June 3, 2016

A’DAM Toren, a new multi-venue tower, is the latest addition to Amsterdam’s creative hub, where a former shipyard and warehouses have been transformed into the city’s coolest waterfront district The landmark tower, Toren Overhoeks, will reopen in early May as A’DAM Toren – Amsterdam Dance And Music. The former home of Shell, the 22-storey waterfront […]

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Off-season in Andalucía: escape the crowds and save money

June 3, 2016

Travelling out of season to sunny southern Spain can make for a superb short break, as our writer discovers when he explores Andalucía’s hill townsPlus: off-season breaks to Corsica, Portugal and Italy The roads were calm and uncluttered, minutes passed before another vehicle appeared. On the horizon the Sierra Nevada rolled along in the sunlight, […]

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Ljubljana, Slovenia: what to see plus the best hotels, bars and restaurants

June 3, 2016

Slovenia’s – and now Europe’s – green capital is a laid-back charmer of a city. Easily walkable, it boasts striking architecture and a vibrant outdoor eating and drinking culture As capital of one of Europe’s most forested countries, it’s perhaps fitting that Ljubljana is this year’s European Green Capital. A city of just 300,000 inhabitants, […]

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Highlights of Slovenia: readers’ travel tips

June 3, 2016

For a country of just two million people, Slovenia has much more than its share of sights and attractions. Readers pick their favourites outside of capital Ljubljana As you walk round Lake Bled, past Villa Bled, a little sign saying “Tearoom” points upwards through the trees. It gives no indication of the wow factor this […]

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10 of the best small hotels in Paris

June 3, 2016

Alastair Sawday’s pick of boutique Parisian hotels offers a touch of chic for those who prefer to avoid big-name chains This calm retreat in the heart of Montparnasse lets guests step out of the bustle and into a foyer full of natural light. A blend of old and new creates an individual, warm atmosphere: attractive […]

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Shiny happy campers: an Airstream stay near Venice

June 3, 2016

1950s Americana isn’t something you associate with Venice, but a new Airstream park across the lagoon is an ideal base. Plus more Airstreams in western Europe Most travellers planning a trip to Venice picture staying in a romantic hotel on the Grand Canal or a cosy B&B in an ancient palazzo. But a caravan, tent […]

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Heavenly stays: top 10 church and chapel conversions in the UK

June 3, 2016

Lord it up with stays at former chapels and churches, from north Scotland to Cornwall, that provide a rich, historic slant to a short break escape Beautifully renovated to take full advantage of its lofty ceiling and long windows, this isolated 19th-century Methodist chapel is all white walls, characterful decor and boutique bathrooms on the […]

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10 of the best restaurants in Bordeaux

June 3, 2016

A new wave of chefs has swept into Bordeaux, propelling the city’s restaurants up France’s culinary pecking order. And they’re serving up at decent prices too Bordeaux may be the world’s capital of wine, but until recently the city’s restaurant scene had always been lacklustre compared with other French cities. Now, an influx of young […]

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10 of the best alternative city breaks in Europe

June 3, 2016

If you’re after a fresh spin on the city break look beyond the usual big names for more cool culture and great sights. Here’s our list for 2016 • Alt. city breaks 2015 Why go? The island of Malta itself is a sight to behold but within the walled city of its capital, Valletta, built […]

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