• A different Roman holiday: novelist Conn Iggulden on the city’s lesser-known wonders

    A different Roman holiday: novelist Conn Iggulden on the city’s lesser-known wonders
    The bestselling historical fiction writer, whose new book, Nero, is out today, urges visitors to the Eternal City to make time for the quieter pleasures on offer around its seven hillsI have loved Rome all my life. I went first when I was 10, to stay in a convent. The highlight then was slipping into a cage with two guard dogs, convinced I had a gift for soothing savage beasts. Reader, I survived.The most recent was in April this year, which involved being pickpocketed at the Circo Massimo metro
  • ‘The greatest biodiversity in England’ – a wander through the Isle of Purbeck ‘super’ nature reserve

    ‘The greatest biodiversity in England’ – a wander through the Isle of Purbeck ‘super’ nature reserve
    Alongside rare birds, reptiles and insects, this corner of Dorset, poignantly depicted in Mike Leigh’s Nuts in May, serves up brilliant heathland walks, sea views and pints of local aleMike Leigh’s brilliant 1976 Dorset-based comedy Nuts in May begins with Keith and Candice-Marie taking the chain ferry from Sandbanks across the mouth of Poole harbour to the Isle of Purbeck, where they camp, visit Corfe Castle, walk along the mighty Jurassic coastline and end up in an altercation with
  • Walking the ‘outdoor capital of Scotland’: 25 years of the Cateran Trail

    Walking the ‘outdoor capital of Scotland’: 25 years of the Cateran Trail
    Straddling Perthsire and Angus, the five-day, 64-mile hiking route takes in soaring mountains, golden glens and some beaver-curated rewildingThe carved face of a cateran stares out of the waymarker before me. Deriving from the Gaelic word ceatharnach, meaning a lightly armed warrior, “cateran” later came to denote the cattle raiders particularly active here in Strathardle, Glenshee and Glen Isla up to the 18th century.The signpost directs me through plantation forest to an undulating
  • Share a tip on your favourite UK national park – you could win a holiday voucher

    Share a tip on your favourite UK national park – you could win a holiday voucher
    Tell us about your favourite things to do and see in our national parks – the best tip wins £200 towards a Coolstays breakThis year marks the 75th anniversary of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949, which secured access for everyone to some of our wildest and most beautiful places. There are now 15 national parks across the UK, covering a staggering variety of landscapes, from the heather-clad uplands of the Cairngorms in Scotland to the chalky grasslands of the
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  • South of France, but not as we know it: exploring Nîmes and the Gard

    South of France, but not as we know it: exploring Nîmes and the Gard
    Unesco listing for the city’s Roman temple put this city on the map last year, but there are uncharted delights in the surrounding towns as wellThe director of a newly refurbished boutique hotel in the old town of Nîmes tells me he has gained and lost a star recently. The hotel’s restaurant, Rouge, run by Benin-born chef Georgiana Viou, recently won its first Michelin star. But the hotel itself, the Margaret Chouleur, has been downgraded from a five-star to just four.Here&rsquo
  • Medina date – a cookery course in Morocco

    Medina date – a cookery course in Morocco
    In the coastal city of Essaouira, our writer masters the ceremonial art of tea-pouring and learns how to make flaky chicken pastilla and gazelle horns with almond paste and orange blossom waterIt is early morning on the edge of Essaouira’s medina and the famous Atlantic winds are picking up. The sea looks tawny and wild, the sky is darkening by the minute. It begins to rain, heavily. Even the windsurfers who flock here all year round seem to have vanished. Market traders huddle and the pla
  • The best new camping and glampsites around the UK, from festival vibes to no-frills meadows

    The best new camping and glampsites around the UK, from festival vibes to no-frills meadows
    Pods, campervans, bell tents and even Star Wars domes feature in our round-up of sites set in glorious countryside from the South Downs to the HebridesWild Canvas, one of the recent wave of pop-up campsites with a festival vibe, has a host of new additions for its fifth outing this summer. The campsite makes the most of its riverside setting on the Turvey House Estate near Bedford. It has a new wellness area, the Nest, with direct river access (BYO paddleboard!) plus a yoga yurt, a mobile sauna,
  • ‘Deep in the woods, 10 minutes from my car’: the platform helping wild camping beginners find a pitch

    ‘Deep in the woods, 10 minutes from my car’: the platform helping wild camping beginners find a pitch
    A website that connects campers with landowners across the UK is opening up green spaces to anyone who fancies an off-grid night or twoThe dawn chorus is loud in the woods as I unzip my tent to peer out at the new day and a sea of bluebells. I make tea and drink it slowly, enjoying the peace. It’s a perfect start to the morning after my first solo wild camp.I had found my slice of the wild via CampWild, a platform that connects campers with UK landowners willing to let people stay. Set up
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  • Glamping on the go: a wild ride through Cumbria in a camper truck

    Glamping on the go: a wild ride through Cumbria in a camper truck
    TV presenter and naturalist Steve Backshall finds a camper truck the ideal way to give children an outdoors experience in untamed parts of northern EnglandCamping trips with a young family can be thoroughly challenging, especially in the UK, when the weather often skips from sunshine to deluge in the blink of an eye. My extra challenge is that my wife, Helen, can’t join us for our Easter break (she’s away training for her fourth Olympic Games – reasonable excuse). My three kids
  • ‘This campsite feels like paradise’: readers’ favourite places to pitch in the UK

    ‘This campsite feels like paradise’: readers’ favourite places to pitch in the UK
    Whether it’s a field with minimal facilities or a comfortable site with mod cons, our tipsters pick out enticing spots for enjoying the great outdoors from the Highlands to CornwallAt the foot of Scafell Pike, England’s highest peak, and at the northern end of one of the Lake District’s most dramatic valleys is the National Trust campsite at Wasdale Head (basic grass pitch from £38 for two nights). As well as standard pitches there are heated camping pods, three tipis, a
  • A walk across Italy in Garibaldi’s footsteps: from Ravenna to the coast of Tuscany

    A walk across Italy in Garibaldi’s footsteps: from Ravenna to the coast of Tuscany
    A route tracing the unification hero’s flight across the peninsula in 1849 runs spectacularly over the Apennines then descends to the sea via a string of gorgeous Tuscan townsCrickets leaping round our feet. A butterfly at the rim of my hat. Burrs on our socks. Smells of fern and pine. The rhythmic rasp of the cicadas. And, ranged around us, a never-ending green. Cypress and cedar. Peaks and parched pastures. The combed vineyards and the dark oak thickets. Moving through it all, feeling ri
  • A festival of music, film and spectacle: the best of Belfast 2024

    A festival of music, film and spectacle: the best of Belfast 2024
    A year-long celebration aims to start a new chapter for Belfast, forging better connections and conversations within communities through creativity and cultureBelfast did not have the best of starts to 2024. Never mind the mass public sector strikes, the not-unrelated fact of Northern Ireland being without a functioning government (the government returned, the strikes were settled, or suspended … for now), at the end of January, one of the city’s most respected – revered &ndas
  • ‘Flavours as vivid as the scent of pine forests’: why I love Baltic cuisine

    ‘Flavours as vivid as the scent of pine forests’: why I love Baltic cuisine
    Food writer Caroline Eden celebrates the region’s distinct - and underrated - flavours, from quince lemonade and cloudberry jam to birch syrup and blueberry soupWhen I was planning a recent journey back to Riga, its food filled my thoughts more than anything else. I kept picturing the Latvian capital’s cafes, bistros and moody beer bars. Such longing was evidence, to me at least, that I was coming back to a city that knows how to feed people and with memorable flavours: smoked sprats
  • Tell us about a garden in Europe – you could win a holiday voucher

    Tell us about a garden in Europe – you could win a holiday voucher
    Tell us about your favourite secret garden – the best tip wins £200 towards a Coolstays breakFrom the Renaissance splendour and symmetry of the Boboli gardens in Florence to the trickling fountains and rose gardens of the Alhambra in Spain, Europe has no shortage of “must see” gardens, but a tranquil escape from the tourist crowds they are not. Instead, we’d love to hear about your favourite “secret gardens” in continental Europe; oases of green that off
  • 48 hours in Cologne, Germany’s most laid-back city

    48 hours in Cologne, Germany’s most laid-back city
    Cologne cathedral, Europe’s biggest collection of pop art and vintage shops are all less than four and a half hours from London by trainIt’s on about our fifth Kölsch that we begin to get the idea of Cologne’s constitution. We are sitting in Päffgen, one of the traditional brewhouses that produce the pale yellow beer unique to the German city. It comes in small straight glasses (it loses its fizz quickly apparently) and each time one is emptied, another one is deliver
  • Sun, sea and delicious food: 10 wonderful agriturismos in Italy

    Sun, sea and delicious food: 10 wonderful agriturismos in Italy
    From a family farm where you can help yourself to lemons and oranges in the orchard to an old shepherd’s house with views of the seaYou can’t beat an agriturismo. Rural locations, owners whose main job is farming, plus food and drink produced on site all add up to a charmingly informal stay. There is rarely a reception desk and there’ll be dogs and crowing roosters to contend with, but they offer brilliant food and a friendly welcome. And they are not all buried in the countrys
  • Sun, sea and delcious food: 10 wonderful agriturismos in Italy

    Sun, sea and delcious food: 10 wonderful agriturismos in Italy
    From a family farm where you can help yourself to lemons and oranges in the orchard to an old shepherd’s house with views of the seaYou can’t beat an agriturismo. Rural locations, owners whose main job is farming, plus food and drink produced on site all add up to a charmingly informal stay. There is rarely a reception desk and there’ll be dogs and crowing roosters to contend with, but they offer brilliant food and a friendly welcome. And they are not all buried in the countrys
  • Extra time at Euro 2024: day trips and more from Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Leipzig

    Extra time at Euro 2024: day trips and more from Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Leipzig
    Spectacular scenery and rich culture from the Alps to the North Sea are just a train ride away from the main hubs at this summer’s football tournamentOf all the ways to explore southern Germany this summer, the most memorable is not by train, bus or hire car but by boat. Lake Constance, nearly 40 times bigger than Windermere and two hours south-west of Munich by public transport, is a wonderful water world ringed by harbour towns, and it makes an idyllic break from the Bavarian capital. Co
  • Germany’s football factory: a travel guide to the Ruhr

    Germany’s football factory: a travel guide to the Ruhr
    All eyes will be on Germany’s industrial heartland next month as Euro 2024 kicks off. We explore the region’s heritage, renewal and sporting historyIn 1961, future West German chancellor Willy Brandt declared: “The sky above the Ruhr must be blue once more.” His words were greeted with what sounded like applause but was actually his audience falling off their chairs. Because the Ruhrpott, or Ruhrgebiet, an agglomeration of industrial cities that includes Gelsenkirchen (wh
  • Readers’ favourite trips in Germany: ‘We wandered every cobbled street and climbed every gothic tower’

    Readers’ favourite trips in Germany: ‘We wandered every cobbled street and climbed every gothic tower’
    From the Baltic to Bavaria, via Berlin, our tipsters enjoy epic scenery and architecture, culture and steins of fabulous German beerLübeck – Queen of the Hanseatic League – has a fading charm and vulnerability absent from the likes of Berlin, Munich and Hamburg … and most of Germany. I loved my trip there, wandering the cobbled streets, climbing every brick gothic church tower – generally alone! Thomas Mann wrote the unbearably sad novel Buddenbrooks there, then fle
  • Beloved Cardiff pub demolished in 2012 reopens after brick-by-brick rebuild on new site

    Beloved Cardiff pub demolished in 2012 reopens after brick-by-brick rebuild on new site
    Historic alehouse frequented by a Manic Street Preacher and All Black rugby players reconstructed on edge of Welsh capitalFor more than a century and a half, the Vulcan Hotel served dockers, railway workers, artists, sports stars, gamblers and dreamers and the demolition in 2012 of this beloved, spit-and-sawdust Cardiff pub felt like a bereavement.Twelve years on, the pints are about to flow and the pickled eggs served again after a painstaking project to move the old alehouse brick by brick to
  • Somerset’s growing cycle network bears fruit: a ride on the Strawberry Line

    Somerset’s growing cycle network bears fruit: a ride on the Strawberry Line
    Mostly traffic-free and flat, this route between Yatton and Cheddar takes in old stations and views across the Levels to the Bristol Channel – and it’s being extended to form part of the 76-mile Somerset CircleIt’s a noise the former railway tunnel probably hadn’t heard in a while. Somewhere in the dark is a hooting part-owl, part-forlorn steam train. My sister Ele has stopped on her bike to blow determinedly across her cupped hands like a flute. As she recreates this lon
  • How did I avoid paying Venice’s new ‘entrance fee’? By joining the local Venezia FC fans

    How did I avoid paying Venice’s new ‘entrance fee’? By joining the local Venezia FC fans
    Fans heading to the waterside stadium don’t have to pay the €5 tourist fee. And with the team fighting for promotion to Serie A, the atmosphere at the last home game of the season is electricSunday day-trippers to Venice flashing their €5 entry ticket QR code to get through the turnstiles at the city’s main access points look bemused when football supporters simply show their match tickets instead. Attending a sporting event just happens to be one of the exemptions in the o
  • Share a tip on an unsung UK seaside town – you could win a holiday voucher

    Share a tip on an unsung UK seaside town – you could win a holiday voucher
    Tell us about your favourite under-the-radar coastal town – the best tip wins £200 towards a Coolstays breakIn the last two decades many UK seaside towns have undergone a quiet transformation. Art galleries, boutique hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants are breathing new life into once down-at-heel resorts such as Blackpool and Margate, while coastal hotspots like Padstow, Southwold and Whitby continue to draw the crowds on sunny days. While these places are popular for good reaso
  • Why clubbers are raving about Germany’s cross-country Techno Train

    Why clubbers are raving about Germany’s cross-country Techno Train
    With DJs, bouncers and bars, the Nuremberg train offers a complete clubbing experience for hundreds of ‘clubbers’– and some lovely views of the Bavarian countryside …‘Do you ever get seasick?” Timm Schirmer, a 27-year-old DJ with a fabulous blond moustache, asks me shortly before we board the Techno Train. “When you’re dancing on the train it can feel like you’re at sea, because you can’t always see that you’re moving.” Wor
  • Europe’s best beach holidays: Cadaqués, Spain

    Europe’s best beach holidays: Cadaqués, Spain
    Forget what you think about the Costa Brava: this whitewashed town on a horseshoe bay was ‘the best place in the world’ for Dalí – and is still pretty much perfect todayI have travelled all over Spain for both work and fun in the past two decades, but the Catalan seaside town of Cadaqués had somehow failed to register on my radar. Last year, my husband was working in Catalonia and when he had a few days off between jobs, I proposed an impromptu tryst. The brief: s
  • Europe’s best beach holidays: Arcachon, France

    Europe’s best beach holidays: Arcachon, France
    A buzzy town prom, plates of moules with chilled rosé and cycle rides to sandy beaches on Cap Ferret add up to happy holidays on the Atlantic coastThe Bay of Arcachon, on the south-west coast of France, is a happy place. It must be, because I’ve been visiting it with my family nearly every year for the past 15 years. We usually rent a small apartment in Arcachon town for four or five days, but such is the draw that we have been known to make a two-hour drive just to spend the day th
  • 10 UK stays that take tranquillity to the next level

    10 UK stays that take tranquillity to the next level
    From a hideaway with star-gazing spectacular enough to keep you off your phone to a ‘burnout’ retreat and a reimagined coastguard lookoutBordering the Consall Nature Park, a nature reserve featuring 740 acres of woodland, heath and moor, is The Tawny, a “deconstructed hotel”. This means that instead of a single house with rooms there are a collection of boathouses, huts and treehouses scattered around the woodlands and lakes. At the top of the hill is a modern glass build
  • Europe’s best beach holidays: Peniche, Portugal

    Europe’s best beach holidays: Peniche, Portugal
    There’s a great restaurant and bar scene in this surf mecca, plus birdlife and snorkelling on peaceful islands a short ride awayIt was the small and enigmatic Berlengas archipelago that drew us to Peniche harbour. Peniche, 60 miles north of Lisbon, is famous for its surfing beaches, but the islands off its coast often get overlooked. Every morning a couple of hardy passenger boats bounce over eight miles of waves from the peninsula of Peniche to Berlenga Grande. We took our seats on deck b
  • Europe’s best beach holidays: Pesaro, Italy

    Europe’s best beach holidays: Pesaro, Italy
    Pizzas, aperitivos and a big sandy beach add to the offbeat charm of this Adriatic resort townI hadn’t heard of Pesaro before my ex-flatmate sent me there in summer 2018. I was writing a book at the time, and Giulia reckoned the best place for me to do such work was in her grandad’s old flat, a modest unit in a block put up in 1946, during the short reign of Umberto II. It had lain empty since her nonno – Dottor Spinicci – died of liver failure, having failed to take his
  • 10 of the best beach towns in Europe, with places to stay

    10 of the best beach towns in Europe, with places to stay
    From the Turkish Riviera to the Île de Ré, we select quiet and unspoilt places to stay for sun, sand, snorkelling – or just snoozingThere’s something quite particular about small but perfectly formed Assos – butterscotch and rose-pink houses line a horseshoe bay, with Venetian ruins scattered between the narrow alleys. There are two small beaches, but the real joy is to rent a motor boat and discover the small bays and coves that fringe this part of the Cephalonian
  • Europe’s best beach holidays: Donoussa, Greece

    Europe’s best beach holidays: Donoussa, Greece
    This quiet island in the Small Cyclades has one small town, several wild sandy bays and a plethora of panoramic walking and running trailsElias, quiet and unassuming, meets us at the tiny harbour and says he could drive us to the house but it would be quicker on foot. He directs us up a narrow alley past a bustling kafeneio, where people are debating the news of the day over coffee.One of a little cluster of houses, ours has a pergola of rough-hewn logs and bamboo, and looks out to sea across a
  • ‘If I could be teleported to any beach, this would be it’: readers choose their favourite European beaches

    ‘If I could be teleported to any beach, this would be it’: readers choose their favourite European beaches
    Seaside idylls from Île de Ré to eastern Crete feature as our tipsters report that even popular destinations such as Menorca and Sicily have their quieter spotsCala Galdana beach – and its neighbours – are spectacular. Turn off at Ferreries and take the attractive Me-22 road that brings you to a breathtaking horseshoe bay shrouded by pine trees. The golden sandy beach is peaceful, even on a busy day. There are beach toilets and a cafe. There are also water sports facilit
  • A trail of two cities: an alternative guide to Salford and Manchester

    A trail of two cities: an alternative guide to Salford and Manchester
    Sunday’s Sounds from the Other City festival is a joyful celebration of Greater Manchester’s leftfield cultureOn the first Sunday of May every year, Chapel Street, where central Manchester and Salford meet, comes alive with DIY art, music and spectacle at the Sounds from the Other City festival. It is a vibrant public celebration of the “community spirit and collaborative working” which co-director Emma Thompson says sustains much alternative culture in the region.“
  • Where Odysseus threw a barbecue: exploring Sicily’s Favignana island

    Where Odysseus threw a barbecue: exploring Sicily’s Favignana island
    The Egadi isles are said to have inspired the mythical islands in the Odyssey. Today, the largest of the group is a quiet place of blissful beaches, fresh fish, neon seas and ice-cream breakfastsI cycled into birdsong, into colour, the light glimmering against the white of the low stone walls. There was a spaciousness as I cycled, a lateral stretching of soundscape, big skies, birds fluting. I didn’t meet anyone else on the narrow lanes and had a sense of being completely alone on an islan
  • ‘It’s not the Zambezi, but the Tweed has its moments’: canoeing in the Scottish Borders

    ‘It’s not the Zambezi, but the Tweed has its moments’: canoeing in the Scottish Borders
    A 30-mile route has opened up along this spectacular river that’s great for beginners but has challenges for more experienced paddlers tooIt was a morning of brooding green banks and dark skies on the River Tweed. Heavy rains had hit southern Scotland and the waterway had turned into a fast flood, with the deluge sweeping our two-seater canoe downstream through farmland and fishing beats as fast as a salmon escaping a rod and reel.The river, usually easy to navigate and at times only a few
  • Share a tip on a favourite campsite – you could win a holiday voucher

    Share a tip on a favourite campsite – you could win a holiday voucher
    Tell us about your camping holidays in the UK – the best tip wins £200 towards a Coolstays breakWith the weather slowly starting to improve, it’s time to start planning camping trips in the UK. We’d love to hear about your favourite places to camp. Maybe it’s somewhere wild near the sea, or a campsite with the best facilities for a memorable family holiday. Tell us about your adventures under canvas and in glamping pods and yurts for the chance to win a holiday vouc
  • ‘You can walk virtually everywhere in England by using the train’: the man connecting rail-based walks

    ‘You can walk virtually everywhere in England by using the train’: the man connecting rail-based walks
    A new website aims to offer a wide network of walking routes from British train stations, and is calling on hikers to add their favourites. Our writer accompanies the founder on a ramble to Bath Spa stationA British railway station can be many things. A place of tended flowers and toytown paintwork. A concourse of shuttered ticket booths and overpriced pasties. A terminus, a meeting spot, a gateway to escape. It can be heart-lifting or drab, bathed in birdsong or heaving with commuters. It can a
  • ‘Slow travel at its most joyous’: our three-week road trip to Croatia

    ‘Slow travel at its most joyous’: our three-week road trip to Croatia
    Rather than bomb down motorways for marathon stretches, the idea was to see new things along the way, such as the great lakes of Germany and a Renaissance town in ItalyHow far would you go – and how long would you take – to avoid flying and thoroughly embrace the idea of slow travel? In my case, it was 3,167 miles over three weeks. For nearly a decade I had wanted to do a road trip to Croatia, and to get as much out of the journey as the destination itself. Rather than bomb down
  • Turkey’s melting pot: a foodie break in Istanbul

    Turkey’s melting pot: a foodie break in Istanbul
    The best way to understand the city is through its food, and the best guide is a Michelin-star chef who knows where to find succulent doners, crisp calamari and rich taramasalata Saturday morning, 10am, and I’m sitting at a café table on a cobbled street in the Beşiktaş neighbourhood of Istanbul, sipping a glass of çay (Turkish tea) and waiting for breakfast. By the café entrance, a plump, grey-haired man in a crisp white apron is sharpening a&
  • My four-day rail and ferry adventure from the UK to Albania

    My four-day rail and ferry adventure from the UK to Albania
    From London to Tirana, via Chambéry’s medieval streets, bustling Bari and Albania’s dynamic capital, this trip across Europe has treats at every turnMy overriding memories of crossing countries by train, on a trip from London to Albania, are of half-empty carriages and countryside sweeping past windows bathed in the soft orange glow of sunset. I remember cypress trees, red-roofed villages with square churches, farmland in neat strips and row upon row of vineyards.On my London-
  • Confessions of an 82-year-old hitchhiker

    Confessions of an 82-year-old hitchhiker
    The founder of the Bradt travel guides and author of a new memoir has been thumbing lifts all over the world since her teens – and has no intention of stopping now‘‘No one hitchhikes any more, do they?” I often hear people saying this and am proud to reply that I’ve hitchhiked every decade of my life, except the first. And I don’t intend to stop just because I’m now in my 80s.So there I was, standing beside the road in southern Bavaria last year at the a
  • ‘Ahead lay cypress-lined Tuscan roads waiting to be discovered’: readers’ best road trips

    ‘Ahead lay cypress-lined Tuscan roads waiting to be discovered’: readers’ best road trips
    Our tipsters navigate Alpine passes, serene backcountry and dramatic coastlines across Europe, stopping off for the odd hike, cycle or dip in the seaDriving through the Tuscan hills, the sun beginning its slow descent in the hazy, glowing heat on an August evening was one of the most exquisite experiences I have ever had. Travelling slowly along small, winding roads near Siena in our old Polo, we settled in to the rhythm the locals live by. The peaceful embrace of the Tuscan way of life was felt
  • Fish, foraging, fermentation: nine of the best places to eat in Denmark

    Fish, foraging, fermentation: nine of the best places to eat in Denmark
    Eat your way across a country generously scattered with Michelin and Michelin green-starred restaurants for world-class dining. It’s not all high end, though – the Danish culinary scene offers up experiences across all budgetsIrrespective of rain or sunshine, the Danes are always ready to embrace hygge, a concept that involves enjoying the good things in life – and that definitely includes enjoying the excellent cuisine the country has on offer. Dive into Denmark’s gastro
  • Viking trails to vineyard tours: 10 of the best cycle routes in Denmark

    Viking trails to vineyard tours: 10 of the best cycle routes in Denmark
    Freewheel around Scandinavia’s capital of cycling and discover the greenest way to see DenmarkDenmark is a haven for cyclists of all abilities, with 11,000km of marked cycle routes to ride. From adventurous cycling on multi-day trips that take in the country’s most varied scenery, to day trips and wine tours, these are the country’s best bike routes for everyone, from hobbyists to expert-level athletes.
    To make it extra easy, accommodation options line the routes, including sim
  • Eco island hopping, world-class food and Vikings: Denmark’s 2024 cultural highlights

    Eco island hopping, world-class food and Vikings: Denmark’s 2024 cultural highlights
    You don’t really ever need extra reasons to visit Denmark, but the country’s sheer variety of cultural highlights looks set to enliven any stay this yearStargazing, seals and sandbanks in Mandø
    Denmark’s wilderness zones and sparsely populated isles have long been havens for nature lovers and stargazers. Mandø, on the south-west coast of Jutland, is the most recent addition to the country’s four Dark Sky Parks. A small island in the Wadden Sea National Park,
  • Hej, nej, hej hej: Danish words and phrases all travellers should learn

    Hej, nej, hej hej: Danish words and phrases all travellers should learn
    Thinking about visiting Denmark? From saying hello, to talking about owls in the bog, here’s how learning a little local lingo can enhance your trip and leave you feeling like an egg yolk …OK, we’ll admit it. Danish isn’t the easiest language to learn – pronouncing certain words involves some invigorating tongue gymnastics and a talent for gulping down glottal stops. With just 6 million native speakers, Danish hardly matches widely spoken Mandarin (941 million spea
  • Restorative in every way: a rewilding retreat in Somerset

    Restorative in every way: a rewilding retreat in Somerset
    A Wild Weekend on the 42 Acres estate near Frome offers fresh air, cosy rooms, sumptuous food and a chance to get hands dirty with some land regeneration workThe honk of the geese as they take off from the lake is comically loud, reeds quiver and the reflection of the clouds on the water is momentarily fractured. A butterfly flits by, landing on my boot. We’re on a guided walk at 42 Acres, a regenerative farm, nature reserve and retreat centre near Frome in Somerset – and the whole p
  • ‘Are we joking?’: Venice residents protest as city starts charging visitors to enter

    ‘Are we joking?’: Venice residents protest as city starts charging visitors to enter
    Day-trippers will have to pay €5 to visit Italian city under scheme designed to protect it from excess tourismAuthorities in Venice have been accused of transforming the famous lagoon city into a “theme park” as a long-mooted entrance fee for day trippers comes into force.Venice is the first major city in the world to enact such a scheme. The €5 (£4.30) charge, which comes into force today, is aimed at protecting the Unesco world heritage site from the effects of exce
  • Venice access fee: what is it and how much does it cost?

    Venice access fee: what is it and how much does it cost?
    The Italian Unesco site is hoping to reduce over-tourism with the charge – the first of its kind in a major cityAfter years in the making, Venice will on Thursday begin charging day trippers to enter the city in an effort to protect the Unesco world heritage site from the effects of over-tourism.While the measure has ignited criticism and derision from some, who argue it is unconstitutional and restrictive of freedom of movement – the Venice mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, has compared his &l

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