Short Breaks

Bright sparks: why Jersey’s dazzling glowworms are a secret worth searching out

April 3, 2017

Jersey’s beaches can be lit by the amazing bioluminescence of glowworms, though their beauty remains a secret to many tourists, and locals. A walking tour hopes to give more exposure to this natural wonder Our eyes begin to adjust to the strange light. The sand is an eerie shade of grey and the sea and […]

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Cycle, climb, run and relax … at Sheffield’s festival of outdoor activities

April 3, 2017

A celebration of all things active, the Outdoor City Weekender highlights the Steel City’s appeal to sport fans and its potential as a gateway to the great outdoors At the top of a dual slalom mountain bike track, I grip the handlebars and prepare to push off. The course is about to unfurl beneath my […]

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London to Bordeaux in under six hours on new high-speed service

April 3, 2017

From July, the TGV Océane service will bring newly chic Bordeaux, and the sandy shores beyond the city, within easier reach for holidaying Brits This summer, the vintages of Bordeaux and its superb Atlantic beaches will get that little bit closer. Tickets went on sale this week for a new TGV route from Paris to […]

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10 of the best things to do in Tallinn

April 3, 2017

There’s a lot more to Estonia’s capital than cheap beer. The 1,000-year-old city has a modern vibe, with architecture, museums and cafes to match Tallinn, one of Europe’s newest capitals, boasts a rich mix of architecture and culture in a small geographic area. Its Old Town was almost untouched by war and remains perfectly preserved. […]

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Wend along the Wensum: an off-beat walk through Norwich

March 3, 2017

The first of a new occasional series on city walks follows a quiet path along the Wensum – rather than main streets – to discover Norwich’s architectural treasures and rich history Faced with an unfamiliar city, the temptation for many visitors is to head straight for the centre. In Norwich, this is particularly true for […]

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Great little ski resorts: Vaujany, France

March 3, 2017

This unspoilt village on the doorstep of the vast Alpe d’Huez ski area offers stunning scenery, but is free of the crowds and commercialism of the bigger resort The village of Vaujany, an hour by car from Grenoble, struck unexpected gold in the 1980s when the government compulsorily purchased a giant chunk of land for […]

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Aarhus, Denmark: what to see, plus the best restaurants, bars and hotels

March 3, 2017

The 2017 European Capital of Culture has cool museums and galleries, and a wide range of modern Nordic food and drink, all within a compact walkable city centre When Aarhus was named joint European Capital of Culture for 2017, even seasoned travellers had to reach for an atlas. Denmark’s second city has long lived in […]

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10 of the best market restaurants in Barcelona

March 3, 2017

The restaurants and stalls around Barcelona’s markets use fresh produce, often direct from the vendors – and are some of the best places to eat in the city You’ve not really done Barcelona until you’ve ticked off a Gaudí or two, had some average tapas, watched stag and hen parties messily collide in the early […]

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The alt city guide to Sheffield

March 3, 2017

The South Yorkshire city’s music and clubs have had a huge influence in the UK over the years. Less well known is its fabulous array of independent restaurants, cafes, bars and galleries Sheffield is a city of real creative integrity. It never shouts about itself and doesn’t compromise. Look at its musical history. From cult […]

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The best new budget hotels in London under £100

March 3, 2017

With smart tech and sharp design, a new wave of budget hotels is sweeping away grisly memories of dull functionality. We review a selection of the latest openings across London London’s budget hotel sector is booming. The global financial crisis prompted a development spree among the big low-cost brands and, according to a Visit London […]

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