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A vegan yoga retreat in Dracula’s back yard, Romania

A vegan yoga retreat in Dracula’s back yard, Romania

t’s early morning in Transylvania and the sun’s shining on a group of yogis making shapes on the wooden veranda at Akasha Wellness Retreat. With pine and beech-covered hills rolling to the horizon, snow-capped mountain peaks and a soundtrack of cow bells and cockerels, it’s an idyllic spot to salute the sun. Romania may not […]

A local’s guide to Granada: 10 top tips

A local’s guide to Granada: 10 top tips

Once you’ve ticked off the Alhambra, check out Granada’s edgier barrio culture, with both alternative and traditional bars, great flamenco, food and street art  Moor than this … there’s lots to see in Granada other than the magnificent Alhambra palace. Photograph: David Herraez/Alamy The Alhambra may be Spain’s most visited attraction year on year, but […]

Back from the brink: new breath for tourism in Istanbul

Back from the brink: new breath for tourism in Istanbul

he whole time I was in Istanbul I was convinced I could hear a dull groaning sound. At last I realised what it was: the collective grumbling every time someone described the city as “where East meets West”, or “where Asia meets Europe” or some other formulation of the same tired old cliché. I was there for […]

A local’s guide to Durban, South Africa: 10 top tips

A local’s guide to Durban, South Africa: 10 top tips

Surfers have long known about the year-round draw of Durban and now a new direct BA flight from London makes its subtropical shores more accessible  Take the tube … a surfer rides a summer cyclone wave at New Pier beach, Durban. Photograph: Chris Van Lenne/Getty Images Beachfront Durban has always been a beach town, but […]

Tigers forever: a wildlife hike in north-east Laos

Tigers forever: a wildlife hike in north-east Laos

A guided trek on Mount Forever helps protect endangered tigers and also reveals an exotic array of other, less elusive, wildlife  Emerald carpet … the Nam Et-Phou Louey national protected area. Photograph: Dominique Le Roux The camp was dark save for the fire and the more muted glow from a tablet about to reveal the […]

A local’s guide to Riga, Latvia: 10 top tips

A local’s guide to Riga, Latvia: 10 top tips

Small, green and beautiful, Riga is big on architectural styles, from art deco to rococo, and edgy art spaces that are currently hosting the city’s first biennale  Gothic glory … old houses in downtown Riga. Photograph: Getty Images Old town hotel The family-owned Neiburgs design hotel is in a beautiful art deco building on acobbled street in Riga’s […]

A local’s guide to Mexico City: 10 tips

A local’s guide to Mexico City: 10 tips

To understand this anarchically alive metropolis it’s best to visit its disparate neighbourhoods, which tell their own stories and where great food, art and culture await  A mural celebrating indigenous communities and women in Mexico City. All photos by Leila Ashtari, except where stated Street art After the earthquakes in September 2017, Aida Mulato – who founded Jóvenes Artesanos (Young […]

Africa’s week in pictures

Africa’s week in pictures

A selection of the best photos from across Africa and of Africans elsewhere this week. A girl plays in a swamp on Sunday near the South Sudanese town of Nyal, where her family is now living having fled their home during the civil war. A camel trader’s son smiles at a livestock market on Friday […]

Biking the Baltic: a cycle tour from Vilnius to Tallinn

Biking the Baltic: a cycle tour from Vilnius to Tallinn

Outside Vilnius’ neoclassical Presidential Palace a freestanding sculpture proclaims “#LT100”. It commemorates100 years since Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia declared independence from Russian Empire in 1918 (although the USSR would rule them again from 1940 to 1991). A set of sunken footprints in the ground nearthe city’s Italianate cathedral symbolises the Baltic Way protest of 1989, […]

Mallorca: the other side of Love Island

Mallorca: the other side of Love Island

As the hit TV show nears its finale it turns out you don’t have to be a ‘melt’ to fall for Mallorca’s good looks, traditional cuisine, fine walking and long literary history  Let there be love … Mallorca steals the scene as Alex and Alexandra (from TV show Love Island) get friendly. Photograph: ITV/Rex/Shutterstock It […]

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