Short Breaks

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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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 Nungwi Village This must be the most eccentric room I’ve slept in: everything’s oversized, slightly mad or both. One side of the fireplace is […]

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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 Nungwi Village Continue reading…

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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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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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Short break or big trip? Holidays to book now

October 3, 2017

The bright lights of New York or Lisbon, a dream tour of Japan, and kicking back in the Peak District. Here are a few good-value travel ideas for autumn October is the perfect time to explore Lisbon without breaking into a sweat, while still enjoying mild evenings. It’s also a time when flight prices drop […]

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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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Knocking on Devon’s doors: an art-inspired break around Dartmoor

October 3, 2017

This month’s Devon Open Studios event sees artists across the county invite the public into their galleries. Our writer heads to the west of the county for a preview Silhouettes were replacing Dartmoor’s details; its heather, ferns and grasslands were fading from view, the last rays of an orange sun departing a late-summer sky stippled […]

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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 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 with outsiders […]

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The best walks in northern France: readers’ travel tips

October 3, 2017

Canals, wetlands and amazing coastline in Normandy and Picardy offer great hiking – plus excellent fish cafes and crêperies for refuelling in afterwards The GR21 running 186km from Le Havre to Le Tréport takes in Normandy’s classic coastline, green countryside, architecture and second world war sites. I recommend taking the boat to Le Havre and […]

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