Archive for May, 2017

From refugee boat to Amsterdam canal cruiser

May 3, 2017

Two boats that once carried refugees across the Mediterranean are now taking daytrippers along Amsterdam’s canals – a reminder to the city of its debt to immigrants Nungwi Village We wait on the quay, looking at a boat. It’s strangely familiar: the colour of rust, paint flaking, revealing layers of colour beneath, and Arabic lettering […]

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City breaks with kids: Nantes

May 3, 2017

This cycle-friendly city on the river Loire has family attractions galore, super street art and tasty food options for children • In this series: Paris | Barcelona | Amsterdam | Berlin | London | Rome Nungwi Village Not any more … Nantes is a wonderland for kids and parents. The city, on the river Loire, […]

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The alt city guide to Brighton

May 3, 2017

Brighton’s festival scene in May could be the reason for a spring visit but this creative and collaborative seaside town has inspirational art, music, food and drink on tap year-round You might imagine that Brighton, the seaside resort and party town, and Brighton, the lefty, bohemian city (the only one in the UK with a […]

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Pitch perfect: the UK’s best tiny campsites

May 3, 2017

Love camping but not campers? In an extract from his book, Tiny Campsites, Dixe Wills picks Britain’s best miniature sites, where nature’s the star, nights are silent and even the loos have great views Until 2016, the first thing visitors learned when staying at Dennis Farm was that it was not the campsite called Dennis […]

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Discovering Portugal’s wild side

May 3, 2017

For unspoilt countryside, top camping, hiking, wild swimming, plus great local food and wine – and all doable in a weekend from the three main airports – try one of these itineraries from Edwina Pitcher’s Wild Guide Portugal Away from the busy coastal resorts, Portugal is a timeless and magical place. To the north and […]

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The best of rural Portugal: readers’ travel tips

May 3, 2017

Lush mountains, meandering rivers and hilltop villages await visitors to Portugal’s understated countryside. But where’s best place to stay, eat and enjoy a vinho verde? Our tipsters have the gen We had our best glass of Portuguese wine on the whitewashed rooftop of a tiny shop in the medieval hilltop village of Monsaraz, on the […]

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Walking the National Forest Way: a stroll amid a transformed Midlands

May 3, 2017

It’s the time of year to check out the bluebell woods of England’s National Forest, which stretches over the former mining fields of Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire. We take it stage by stage, with stops for food and sleep The National Forest, now more than a quarter of a century old, is the result of […]

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10 of the UK’s best boutique festivals

May 3, 2017

When it comes to festivals, size matters – though often small is best, as we found in our roundup of dance and DJ-driven events around the UK Just outside Glasgow, Kelburn Garden Party is a colourful event held in the grounds of an appropriately colourful castle: a 13th-century stately home daubed with the work of […]

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Mimi’s, Soho, London: hotel review

May 3, 2017

An affordable hotel in the heart of Soho is bound to be a winner but, despite all the cafes and bars on the doorstep, our writer would still like a cuppa in her room I’ve never had much desire to swing a cat – a literal feline or the nautical nine-tailed whip – which is […]

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Seville city guide: what to do plus the best hotels, restaurants and bars

May 3, 2017

Rich in culture and sizzling with energy, this Andalucían city is a feast for the senses. Here are our picks of the best places to eat, drink and party with the Sevillanos Spectacular architecture, vibrant festivals and flamenco flamboyance; Seville has plenty of peacock oomph. There is the cathedral designed so that “those who see […]

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