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Five great Interrail itineraries across Europe

Five great Interrail itineraries across Europe

Lakes and mountains Suggested duration 15 days Stops Lausanne, Annecy, Chamonix, Zermatt, Lucerne, St Anton, Zell am See, Innsbruck, Bern Shortcut Head straight to Zermatt to make it an 11-day trip Best Interrail pass 15 days within two months (£337 youth/£439 adult/£395 senior/under 12s free) or the tighter 10 days within two months (£274/£357/£321/free). Plus train reservations The sight […]

Flower power: an orchid hunt in south Wales

Flower power: an orchid hunt in south Wales

Rare orchids and bees are just part of the delicate beauty of the Kenfig nature reserve, which is as endangered as the nearby steelworks  Making tracks … the Merthyr Mawr dune system, next to the Kenfig nature reserve. We have arrived in a broad grassy hollow within the dunes of Kenfig nature reserve and ranger […]

A local’s guide to Stockholm: 10 top tips

A local’s guide to Stockholm: 10 top tips

Sweden’s capital comes alive in summer, with its archipelago of stunning islands perfect for boat trips and swimming, not to mention a buzzing food scene Jens Linder  Blonde shores … Stockholm hits the beach at Långholmen. Photograph: travelpix/Alamy City swimming The Stockholm archipelago is surrounded by clean waters, so the wild bathing opportunities are numerous. […]

A local’s guide to Palma de Mallorca: 10 top tips

A local’s guide to Palma de Mallorca: 10 top tips

 Golden opportunity … Cathedral La Seu, Palma de Mallorca. Photograph: Getty Images Wander the old city I love the maze of Moorish-feeling little streets in the historic district between Plaça de Cort and the seafront. If you just wander towards La Seu, the cathedral, you always come across something surprising. A lot of the old mansions have […]

10 great conservation-led places to stay around the UK

10 great conservation-led places to stay around the UK

To celebrate Earth Day, here’s our pick of eco-hotels, campsites and cottages that use tourism to fund conservation, promote biodiversity and protect endangered species  Cool cabins … One of Elmley nature reserve’s six huts, which offer wetland views, Kent. Photograph: Robert Canis Elmley nature reserve, Kent Conservation comes first at the UK’s only family-owned and -managed […]

A local’s guide to Ibiza: 10 top tips

  The White Isle takes a break from partying in winter and spring but there is still plenty of fun to be had at its cool bars, restaurants and famous market  Shore and certain … Es Cavallet beach, Ibiza, home to El Chiringuito beach bar. Photograph: Juan Moyano/Alamy Beach bar Es Cavallet – a kilometre of […]

A local’s guide to Seville, Spain: 10 top tips

A local’s guide to Seville, Spain: 10 top tips

Some of the best places in Seville are found by taking a wrong turn. Like when you stumble into a time-worn taverna peddling crisp local sherry or come across the rickety home of Seville-born painter Diego Velázquez. Which makes it all the more of a shame that many visitors to Spain’s fourth biggest city don’t […]

Spaghetti junction: fine food and floodlit pistes – Trento, Italy

Spaghetti junction: fine food and floodlit pistes – Trento, Italy

After a morning of steep mogul runs and long graceful descents through the forest, I’m famished. I enter Rifugio Meriz looking for a sandwich but instead find a menu heaving with fine mountain fare and end up ordering venison stew with fat slabs of polenta (around €12) and a local craft ale. As I’m discovering, […]

A local’s guide to Ibiza: 10 top tips

A local’s guide to Ibiza: 10 top tips

  The White Isle takes a break from partying in winter and spring but there is still plenty of fun to be had at its cool bars, restaurants and famous market  Shore and certain … Es Cavallet beach, Ibiza, home to El Chiringuito beach bar. Photograph: Juan Moyano/Alamy Beach bar Es Cavallet – a kilometre of […]

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