Britons shunning two-week holidays in favour of short breaks

ONS figures show UK residents are going on more but shorter holidays – with booze cruises becoming much less popular Britons have ditched the...

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Why electric bikes are making France’s Vercors Massif even more fun

Mountain bikes with batteries may not look hip but they bring wondrous landscapes within reach of many, and this region next to Grenoble is...

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Odessa’s new parks lead a blossoming of urban regeneration

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...

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

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...

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Destination unknown: the new way to book a mystery holiday

Liz Boulter didn’t know she was off to Porto until she got to the airport. All part of Dutch company’s new holiday concept...

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Helen Browning’s Royal Oak, Wiltshire: hotel review

The pioneering organic farmer has expanded her local pub’s offering to include a stylishly idiosyncratic B&B, with piggy treats top of the bill ‘Noise...

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Flea to France: shopping at Europe’s largest vintage market

The Provençal village of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue has the largest concentration of vintage stores outside Paris and also hosts a giant open-air flea market. The next...

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‘Paris is where I learned, like Hemingway, to be poor and happy’

Vanessa Grall, author of Don’t be a Tourist in Paris, reveals her favourite out-of-the way museums, bistros and hotels I moved to Paris in...

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What a Shambles: a walk around York’s ancient walls and alleys

A grand railway station and one of Europe’s largest cathedrals contrast with tiny medieval lanes on this stroll through the ancient capital of England’s...

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