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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 […]

Trek back in time ‘to the real Nepal’

Trek back in time ‘to the real Nepal’

  We ate all the rice. He threw rocks at the monkeys. He lied about the toilets and proved pathologically incapable of walking down a trail without veering off on some wild adventure. He sank the raft and brazenly encouraged hard drinking and ribaldry, especially among the old village ladies. Yes, Maila Gurung was undoubtedly […]

Walking in the Caribbean: sun, sea … and treks

endezvous Bay is billed as Montserrat’s only white-sand beach; all the others are volcanic black. When we reached it, the secluded cove was deserted. We followed huge, tractor-like tracks left in the sand by green turtles, and floated in the warm, crystal-clear water as pelicans dived for sprats overhead. Then we dried off – and […]

Amid lava fields and lizards: a walking trip on El Hierro, Canaries

Before Columbus, the island of El Hierro was the ‘edge of the world’. Today, its volcanic peaks and forest offer superb family trekking  An elemental place … a walking adventure around El Hierro Clouds of volcanic dust envelop the car as we judder down the track through the Malpaís – the badlands. Contorted lava fields […]

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

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

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

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 […]

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