Short Breaks

What’s new this season in ski resorts in Europe, the US and Canada

November 3, 2017

Schussing off to the slopes this winter? From Gstaad to Lake Tahoe we’ve got the lowdown on fresh developments this season Swiss resorts are improving the value of their seasonal/multi-resort lift passes, possibly because of the poor exchange rate for Brits. A new Magic Pass gives access to lifts in 25 little resorts in five […]

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10 of the best attractions in Emilia-Romagna: readers’ travel tips

November 3, 2017

Fast cars, slow food, hilltop castles and open-air art galleries … Our readers pick their highlights of Emilia-Romagna – classic Italy without the crowds Nungwi Village On a hilltop between Bologna and Imola is Dozza, a handsome village of classic medieval appearance, with an unexpected twist. The entire village is an open-air gallery with around […]

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Fence Gate Lodge, near Burnley, Lancashire: hotel review

November 3, 2017

This inn on the edge of the Ribble Valley has long had a reputation for good food and drink. Now it’s added a glam 24-bedroom lodge across the road When I arrive at Fence Gate Lodge, owner Kevin Berkins is busy with a tape measure on the staircase, checking the installation of a bespoke bannister. […]

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

November 3, 2017

The opening of a foodie theme park will further elevate Bologna’s reputation as Italy’s culinary capital but the city has plenty more to offer, including superb art, music and medieval architecture Europe’s oldest university town (it was founded in 1088) has been a haven for intellectuals and creative types since luminaries such as Dante and […]

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Langland Cove Guesthouse, Mumbles, Swansea: B&B review

November 3, 2017

This smart and friendly guesthouse is a great base for getting to know a possible future UK Capital of Culture, before everyone starts descending on it Poor Mumbles. The attractive, pocket-sized town at the southern end of Swansea Bay is so often bypassed in the scramble to get to Three Cliffs Bay, Rhossili and the […]

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Transylvania trail: something of the night

November 3, 2017

The home of Dracula it may be, but the forest of Hoia Bacui and nearby Cluj-Napoca, a Romanian cultural hotspot, are full of life There is no one around, the only sound is the whisper of leaves falling. Surrounding us are maple groves and copses of beech, ash and elm, blocking out the midday sun. […]

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Short break or big trip? Holidays to book now

November 3, 2017

Featuring a wild west-themed break in Spain, a weekend in Budapest, the reopening of Tate St Ives and Singapore flights for £179, our budget travel ideas for October and November have arrived October and November are still a little early to soak up northern Europe’s wintry charm (and most Christmas markets don’t open till the […]

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Best overseas breaks at Christmas and new year: readers’ travel tips

November 3, 2017

Our tipsters go cold turkey on the traditional British Christmas in search of a lantern festival, exotic wildlife and traditional markets, from Brittany to the Japanese alpsEnter this week’s competition for the chance to win a £200 hotel voucher Last year we spent 25 December in Giraffe Manor, in a suburb of Nairobi, where giraffes […]

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Top 10 UK mini-breaks with kids for October half-term

November 3, 2017

From Bristol’s new Concorde museum to spotting Sumatran tigers in the Kent woods, young children will love these autumn breaks. We’ve added hostels and affordable hotels, too, to make them overnight getaways See our top half-term breaks for teenagers Continue reading…

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Top 10 UK mini-breaks with teenagers over October half-term

November 3, 2017

It’s notoriously tricky keeping teens happy on holiday, so these breaks focus on their interests: music, gaming, sport, food and art See our top 10 half-term breaks for younger kids Continue reading…

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