Short Breaks

Top 10 affordable spas, bath houses and hammams in Europe

January 3, 2018

Plunge into a world of soothing saunas, hot tubs and steam rooms with our pick of hot spots with character but without the whopping spa resort prices Rejuvenate before you de-juvenate in Europe’s clubbing capital with a trip to Liquidrom, a much-loved spa in the trendy Kreuzberg neighbourhood that offers a chic-luxury experience for a […]

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Peaks and froths: five wild UK walks with a classic pub

January 3, 2018

The best winter hikes end up in a warm, cosy pub. The author of Wild Pub Walks picks five glorious trails that will end in beers Pub The BearStart/finish Bear Hotel, Crickhowell, Google map referenceDistance 11.8 milesDuration 5–7 hoursOS map Explorer OL13 Nungwi Village Continue reading…

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The best 2018 holiday deals and January sales

January 3, 2018

Flight offers, family holiday packages and affordable spa breaks all feature in our roundup of New Year travel deals, to destinations such as Italy, the Azores and Canada Nungwi Village Super Break is offering deals on spa breaks, as well as free extra nights at destinations such as Barcelona, where you could get a three-night […]

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Seals the deal: a winter wander on the Lincolnshire coast

January 3, 2018

In winter, visitors can get close to hundreds of mating and pupping seals on the coast between Grimsby and Skegness, while sandy shores offer bracing walks and some of the UK’s finest seafood At first all we see is a pale blob, but as we approach it resolves into a bundle of thick white fur […]

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The White Horse, Hertingfordbury, Hertfordshire: hotel review

December 3, 2017

In the heart of Pride and Prejudice country, this buzzing 16th-century coaching inn is more generous with bed than board A quaint village in possession of an ancient church and several fine houses must be in want of a hostelry. But however universally that truth is acknowledged, commercial reality sees many rural communities in Britain […]

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

December 3, 2017

Goldman Sachs’s CEO tweeted that he’ll be spending more time in the city after Brexit. He won’t be the only one. We asked a local journalist to show us around As someone who grew up in this city, I’m familiar with what you think you know about it: it’s dull, it’s cold, everybody talks about […]

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The best city breaks in Germany: readers’ travel tips

December 3, 2017

Riesling and Romans, baroque and bratwurst … our tipsters point to alluring cities from Bavaria to the Hanseatic northern ports – but sidestepping Berlin – taking in great food, museums, spas and bars • Submit a readers’ travel tip for next week One of Bavaria’s oldest cities, Augsburg is a delightful base for a cycling […]

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For a great night out: head for Hamburg, not London

December 3, 2017

The German port city came top in a new survey of the world’s best cities for nightlife, with Berlin and Copenhagen close behind. London scored dismally on quality, safety and ease of travel Have your say: which city has the best nightlife? Tell us in the comments below Hamburg is the world’s best city for […]

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New Year getaways: 25 great hotels, pubs and cottages

December 3, 2017

There’s still time to book a cosy New Year break in the UK and see in 2018 in style, with our pick of historic hotels, charming pubs and seaside cottages from Cornwall to Loch Lomond Continue reading…

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In defence of Brussels: ‘If you actually know it, you probably love it’

December 3, 2017

Ignore the sceptics, this is a fabulous city, says a longtime fan – especially Ixelles, the vibrant multicultural quarter where Audrey Hepburn was born Coming home from a holiday last week, I had a brief conversation with the taxi driver about Belgium. He looked at me in his rear-view mirror and said, “Been somewhere lovely, […]

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