How to do Jamaica on a budget
Find out how to holiday in Jamaica without needing to do a Usain Bolt when you see the bill...
Island-hopping outside Greece: the Balearics, the Canaries, Turkey and Malta
Not all odysseys start and finish in Greece – here's our pick of alternative island journeys
How do exchange rates work?
A better understanding could help you get a better deal on your holiday money
How to do Jamaica on a budget1
Island-hopping outside Greece: the Balearics, the Canaries, Turkey and Malta...2
How do exchange rates work?3
If Goldilocks had to pick one place in the world to go on holiday, she’d probably choose Paphos, writes Katie McGonagle. This Cypriot town is hot but not too hot, lively after dark without attracting a rowdy 18-to-30s crowd, and is the sort of place where you can do as much or as little as you like. Fancy a week at an all-inclusive resort, lying on a sun-lounger with a cocktail in hand? Go ahead. Prefer getting back to nature? The hiking trails of the Akamas Peninsula are on your doorstep. Or if you’d rather a taste of local life, Paphos is the beating heart of a network of tiny villages which show a side of Cyprus that tourists rarely see. Having benefited from the investment that goes with being European Capital of Culture for 2017, now’s the time to see what’s new in this old favourite. Take a sunset stroll towards a medieval castle Set on the southwest coast of Cyprus, Paphos is blessed with spectacular sunsets, and where better to admire them than from its gorgeous beachfront boardwalk? This 5km coastal walk is a great spot for an early morning run, but it’s even more fun to stroll along as the sun dips behind Paphos Castle, finishing with drinks and dinner at the harbour just as the buzz gets going. The castle itself has an interesting story to tell about the history of this tiny island: it was first a Byzantine fort, rebuilt by the Lusignans, taken down by the Venetians and built once again by the Ottomans, and it’s open until 7.30pm in summer (5pm in winter) for a bargain €2.50 if you want a history lesson to go with the view. Splash around at a family water park Kids aren’t just tolerated in Cyprus, they’re positively welcomed – after all, local culture is centred around family, and that attitude extends to holidaymakers as well – so there’s no chance of getting bored with the number of family attractions within easy reach of Paphos. If it’s hot, head to Aphrodite Water Park, home to a long lazy river – perfect for mooching along on sunny summer days – plus a wave pool, water slides and tots’ water play area. Family day passes start at €95 for two adults and three children,...Read More
This summer is a fantastic time to visit Amsterdam, with a whole host of new openings and attractions for first-timers and returners alike. Here Tamara Hinson outlines 10 reasons why the city should be part of your travel plans in summer 2017. The Butcher Social Club The Butcher Social Club’s burgers are legendary, although they’re not the only reason to head to Amsterdam’s newest, coolest hangout. Along with an encyclopaedic cocktail menu, there are vintage arcade games, ping pong tables and deliciously thick milkshakes – best enjoyed on the gorgeous roof terrace. The bar is part of the Sir Adam Hotel, in hip Amsterdam Noord. A shiny new metro station will soon put this neighbourhood on the map, but it’s already easily accessible – it’s a five-minute ferry ride from the marina, which is very close to Centraal Station. De Pindakaaswinkel Whether you like peanut butter or not, it’s hard not to be impressed by the lovingly-curated De Pindakaaswinkel (The Peanut Butter Shop). Recently opened by peanut butter aficionado Michiel Vos, inside you’ll find a plethora of varieties, including raisin, white chocolate, coconut and sea salt caramel. Vos plans to host regular tasting events, and you can purchase plenty of peanut butter-themed merchandise. Over the Edge Over the Edge is Europe’s highest swing – strap into this two-person seat and you’ll fly over Amsterdam, 100 metres above the ground. To experience this breathtaking adrenaline rush, head to A’DAM Lookout, a new rooftop observation platform in Amsterdam Noord. Getting there is half the fun, because access is via a high-speed elevator which shoots up 20 floors in 22 seconds. Afterwards, check out the sky deck for spectacular city views – and a stiff drink, if required! De Pijp De Pijp is Amsterdam’s most up-and-coming neighbourhood. Otherwise known as the Latin Quarter, this quirky corner of the city is home to the enormous Albert Cuypmarkt street market, where you can buy everything from vintage clothing to fresh flowers. One of my favourite hangouts is the recently-opened Café Blond on Ferdinand Bolstraat. Colourful, hand-painted plates fill every nook and cranny (you can pick up your own piece of tableware at the café’s shop) and there’s a delicious selection of homemade cakes. Blue Pepper Amsterdam has some of Europe’s best Indonesian restaurants. The menu at Blue Pepper, which is close to Leidseplein, is inspired by traditional Indonesian...Read More