Short Breaks

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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The alt city guide to Leeds

October 3, 2017

With a capital of culture bid in the works now is a great time to explore Leeds’ DIY and underground scene where friendly music, art and food venues flourish and the nightlife is among the best in the country ‘Leeds is quite modest,” insists Bryony Bond, creative director at the Tetley gallery. “It doesn’t market […]

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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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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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Not horsing around: donkey trekking in rural France

September 3, 2017

Accidental detours are embraced on a family break amid the Lot valley’s forests, abbeys and wildlife – all in the company of Lulu, their trusted donkey companion A riding holiday used to be my ultimate dream: for 30 horse-mad years, I stared out of car windows and imagined galloping across moors and fields, fast and […]

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Dover soul: a new walking trail on the Kent coast

September 3, 2017

There’s more to the world’s busiest passenger port than ferries and military history – it is looking forward with a new architectural walking trail along the Kent coast. We get a preview On a hazy summer morning, Dover harbour appears to be in a state of perpetual motion. Beneath the white cliffs, cross-Channel ferries glide […]

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High and mighty: a cycling break on Senja island, Norway

September 3, 2017

Peaceful pedalling, majestic peaks and fjords are the order of the day on a four-day trip around an area as picturesque as the Lofoten Islands … but less busy It was like the reverse of winter sun. I’d swapped what had been a gorgeous slice of English summer for low single digits on a four-day […]

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‘Valencia’s cathedral is home to the holy grail’: novelist Jason Webster

September 3, 2017

Once the ugly sister of Spanish cities, Valencia has blossomed, with outstanding food and architecture. And for five days a year, it’s a city that doesn’t sleep Valencia is a jewel that foreigners are only beginning to discover. For years it was Spain’s unloved sister: in 1970, critic Kenneth Tynan dubbed it “the world capital […]

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‘Red’ Rijeka is ready to rock as European Capital of Culture 2020

September 3, 2017

Rijeka, Croatia’s third-largest city, will be European Capital of Culture in 2020. But don’t wait, this left-leaning, punk-loving city is ready to rock now – as its locals reveal … Brits flocking to the Adriatic coast this summer have booked more than one million overnight stays, trampling Dalmatian hotspots such as Dubrovnik, Split and the […]

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Odessa’s new parks lead a blossoming of urban regeneration

September 3, 2017

Ukraine’s third city is home to sights including the Potemkin Steps. Now the port’s glorious past is taking centre stage with its Istanbul and Greek gardens Looking like a living Liberty print, Odessa’s new promenade park spills over with blossoming flower beds, picnics and couples waltzing in the shade. Tantalising slivers of the Black Sea […]

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