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  • Porto versus Lisbon: which should you visit first?

    Porto versus Lisbon: which should you visit first?

    March 7th, 2018Amanda Tomlin
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    Porto and Lisbon have much in common – both are hilly cities, with attractive riverside quarters and winding warrens of old lanes and alleyways. Portugal’s two main cities both have fantastic restaurants – with a good mix of traditional and Michelin-starred cuisine – plus great bars and nightlife. Add all this to the fact that... Read more »

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  • Video: Kurentovanje, one of Europe’s strangest festivals

    Video: Kurentovanje, one of Europe’s strangest festivals

    March 6th, 2018Colt St. George
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    Every February in Slovenia, the historic town of Ptuj hosts one of Europe’s strangest festivals: Kurentovanje. The tradition is centered on the kurent, an early Slavic god of hedonism dating back thousands of years, who comes to scare away winter and usher in spring. Masked, clad in sheepskins and brandishing a massive club, a single kurent strikes a rather intimidating figure.... Read more »

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  • Your Iceland itinerary: 5 trip ideas to explore the country

    Your Iceland itinerary: 5 trip ideas to explore the country

    February 28th, 2018Mike MacEacheran
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    Iceland is a world unto itself. From black beaches and glacial lagoons to Martian landscapes and science-fiction-worthy geothermal craters, it runs the gamut from the reassuringly familiar to the barely believable. There are national parks, gushing waterfalls and snow-crested peaks, and yet it’s as close to lunar topography as Europe gets. This is a frozen... Read more »

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  • Video: the 1 minute guide to Iceland

    Video: the 1 minute guide to Iceland

    February 27th, 2018Colt St. George
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    Iceland‘s popularity has skyrocketed in recent years, with travellers from round the globe capitalising on new networks of affordable flights to Reykjavík. But with so much to see and do on this volcanic island, planning the right travel itinerary can be daunting. From the dazzling lights of the aurora borealis to therapeutic dips in piping hot geothermal pools, this 1-minute... Read more »

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  • 6 reasons why you should still visit Iceland in 2018

    6 reasons why you should still visit Iceland in 2018

    February 26th, 2018Keith Drew
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    Iceland is on everybody’s lips. Stranded in the middle of the North Atlantic, this rugged island of incredible landscapes and adventurous activities is one of the hottest travel destinations around. And with new attractions to experience and little-visited places to discover, along with a rapidly developing foodie scene in Reykjavík, 2018 is set to be... Read more »

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  • Leeuwarden: the coolest Dutch city you’ve never heard of

    Leeuwarden: the coolest Dutch city you’ve never heard of

    February 20th, 2018Mike MacEacheran
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    By nature of its design, there is something immutable about Leeuwarden, the capital of Friesland in the Netherlands’ northwesternmost province. Hemmed in by historic canals, reflective lakes, century-old dikes and dairy farms, the city wears its Dutch stripes well, offering a stopped-clock snapshot of the country as it once was. But look beyond the gabled... Read more »

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  • An expert’s guide: the best places to stay in Porto

    An expert’s guide: the best places to stay in Porto

    February 13th, 2018Amanda Tomlin
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    Porto’s cityscape of narrow streets and stepped alleys spreads up the steep slopes of the Douro river to a centre full of broad squares, Neoclassical buildings and lavishly tiled Baroque churches. But it’s not all about the history. The city’s lively nightlife, hip cafés and restaurants and a newly revitalized art scene make it the... Read more »

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  • Europe’s 10 best alternative carnivals

    Europe’s 10 best alternative carnivals

    January 26th, 2018David Hillier
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    Europeans love a carnival like nothing else; it’s a time to dress up, drink up and get legitimately weird on the streets. Many carnivals take place during Mardi Gras, when Roman Catholics traditionally feast and sing for the last time before Lent’s abstinence begins. Also known as Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras might for some be... Read more »

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  • 6 of the best road trips in Ireland

    6 of the best road trips in Ireland

    January 2nd, 2018Rachel Mills
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    The Republic of Ireland’s phenomenally popular Wild Atlantic Way takes in a dizzying 2500km coastal route from Cork to Donegal, but not all of us have three weeks to get behind the wheel – and no visitor to Ireland should miss out on the ribboning roads that skirt secluded mountains and the rolling farmland of the... Read more »

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  • Podcast: in search of the Northern Lights

    Podcast: in search of the Northern Lights

    December 25th, 2017Greg Dickinson
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    In our recent Reader Awards, we asked you to name the thing at the very top of your bucket list. The answer didn’t surprise us one bit. It was, resoundingly, to witness the Northern Lights. So for this season’s final episode of The Rough Guide to Everywhere (iTunes; Soundcloud), our podcast host Greg Dickinson travelled to Finnish Lapland in a... Read more »

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  • The world’s quirkiest food festivals

    The world’s quirkiest food festivals

    December 22nd, 2017Lucy Cowie
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    Tomato-drenched crowds wading through a lake of passata at Valencia’s La Tomatina festival might be a familiar image, but such passionate and eccentric celebrations of food are far from unique. Across the globe, there’s a smorgasbord of wonderfully bizarre festivals dedicated to edible delicacies, ranging from the conventional to the questionable (ostrich testicles, anyone?). As Mexican radish... Read more »

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  • The best ski festivals in Europe this winter

    The best ski festivals in Europe this winter

    December 8th, 2017Mary Novakovich
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    You don’t have to be a skier or snowboarder to enjoy some of the biggest festivals ever seen on snow. From music and comedy to film, there’s something to keep everyone entertained in the mountains this winter – both on and off the slopes. Here are nine of the best ski festivals in Europe. 1.... Read more »

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