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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 […]

All roads lead to Romagna

All roads lead to Romagna

milia-Romagna is often overlooked by visitors, and that’s a shame because its many smaller cities are an absolute treat. And for those who enjoy building their trips around a narrative thread, there’s the Via Emilia, an ancient Roman road that connected Piacenza in the north to Rimini on the Adriatic coast. Start in Piacenza, on the […]

Barcelona continues crackdown on illegal holiday apartments

Barcelona continues crackdown on illegal holiday apartments

For tourists to Barcelona who want to avoid being duped by fake listings on holiday apartment websites and social media accounts, or who simply wish to be more ethical visitors, the city council has created a website providing checks on whether a rental is legal. To avoid arriving and discovering the rental is one of the 2,000 […]

Kala festival, Albania: party time in what feels like a paradise

Kala festival, Albania: party time in what feels like a paradise

A new arrival on the festival circuit, Albania is tempting younger holidaymakers to dance on its beaches and explore beyond its pristine shores  Hands up … a sundowner DJ set at the Kala festival Just how seriously the Albanian ministry of tourism was taking Kala festival – the first international event of its kind in […]

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