Archive for October, 2017

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

October 3, 2017

In the 20 years since the Guggenheim opened, the Basque port city has not looked back – the museum acting as a magnet for great art and architecture as well as buzzing nightlife and restaurants This year sees Bilbao celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Guggenheim museum, an institution that brought art and its lovers […]

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Czech out Brno for a cheaper, calmer city break

October 3, 2017

Booming Brno, with its creativity, history and subterranean mystery, is the perfect antidote to overrun Prague and its forests of selfie sticks Nungwi Village The phenomenon of “overtourism” has been in the news a lot this summer. How cities such as Prague and Vienna are swamped with visitors, restaurants booked weeks in advance, bars rammed […]

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The Cors Country House, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire: hotel review

October 3, 2017

In a town rich with Dylan Thomas heritage, chef Nick Priestland is scaling back his highly-regarded restaurant to focus on B&B accommodation. Well, that was the plan Lovely Laugharne, on the Taf estuary, with its grand but dilapidated 12th-century castle and views over Carmarthen Bay is linked in verse and visitors to Dylan Thomas. On […]

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10 of the best autumn foodie trips in Europe: readers’ travel tips

October 3, 2017

Menus are bulging with seasonal produce at this time of year, often amid traditional food festivals. From Andalucía to Tuscany, via the Scottish Highlands, our tipsters forage for treats Every October the town of Aracena, Huelva province, (a 90-minute drive north-west from Seville) hosts the Feria del Jamón Ibéric (Ibérico ham festival) to celebrate its […]

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Top 10 autumn breaks in small UK towns and cities

October 3, 2017

We asked nature writers to choose their favourite market town or small city for a late-season break. Plus 10 more autumn breaks in the UK countryside Continue reading…

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Top 10 autumn breaks in the UK countryside

October 3, 2017

We asked nature writers for their favourite slice of glorious golden countryside for an autumnal breakPlus 10 more seasonal breaks in UK market towns and small cities Continue reading…

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The Five Bells Inn, Brabourne (near Ashford), Kent: hotel review

October 3, 2017

Cosy and slightly bonkers rooms (in a good way), a welcoming bar and scrumptious food make this pub with rooms an ideal base for exploring Romney Marsh and the North Downs This must be the most eccentric room I’ve slept in: everything’s oversized, slightly mad or both. One side of the fireplace is taken up […]

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Art and culture on the rise in revitalised Aalborg

October 3, 2017

With its revamped waterfront, arts scene and pretty old town, Aalborg, Denmark’s most northerly city, makes a perfect Scandi short break The industrial spirit of Aalborg once ran through Denmark’s fourth city as deeply as the Limfjord, which slices North Jutland from coast to coast. But with the demise of many factories, the city has […]

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10 of the best small-scale cruises worldwide

October 3, 2017

Cruising needn’t mean multi-storey ships with thousands of passengers. We pick low-key boat trips where companions are few but the sights are magnificentCruising the Croatian coast in style The first tourist ship to negotiate the river passage from the Vietnamese Mekong to the more tranquil Cambodian side in 2003, the RV Mekong Pandaw is still […]

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The Mount Edgcumbe, Tunbridge Wells, Kent: hotel review

October 3, 2017

This former lodging house for people taking the waters was reborn as a bar and restaurant five years ago and has now added six fun-but-tasteful bedrooms It’s Thursday night at the Mount Edgcumbe – a restaurant and bar, now with rooms – in Tunbridge Wells, and the place is abuzz. This affluent commuter town may […]

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