Tricky Travel Quiz: October 2016
Fancy yourself as a bit of a travel trivia whizz? Put your knowledge to the test!
How to do Dublin on a budget
Find out how to enjoy this unique European capital without breaking the bank.
The world’s safest countries
Simon Busch takes a look at some of the countries deemed to be the safest for travellers.
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When you’re child-free and carefree, the screaming of other people’s tots and sub-teens – whether it’s from joy or otherwise – is just what you don’t want on holiday. And even if you do have kids, sometimes it’s nice when it’s just the two of you, like it used to be before the little darlings came along, writes Robin Gauldie. In this spirit of maturity, we’ve picked some top spots in Europe and beyond where you can take a break with only other adults for company. Ibiza: Thrills and chills Calling all you hip, bling-happy, hardcore ravers: Ushuaїa Ibiza Beach Hotel on Spain’s legendary party island combines style-conscious rooms with Ibiza’s best daytime parties. Fatboy Slim and David Guetta are among the DJ legends who’ve hosted parties at Ushuaїa’s iconic poolside stage. When it’s time to chill, you can choose from Ushuaїa Club rooms around the pool and stage area or more exclusive digs in the eight-storey Ushuaїa Tower. Both properties are strictly adults-only, and rooms come equipped with chromotherapy lighting that you can adjust to suit your mood, blackout curtains so you can sleep off last night’s excesses and outdoor terraces where you can bask in Balearic sunshine and soak in your private whirlpool. Compare cheap hotels in Ibiza Marbella: Savour the flavour Ibiza is for party people, but back on the Spanish mainland Amare Marbella Beach Hotel combines beachfront boutique chic with some of Andalucia’s best cultural escapes. Base yourselves in this trendy new grownups-only hotel in the heart of Marbella’s historic old town and you can savour sweet, crispy churros and piping hot chocolate beneath sweet-scented orange trees on Plaza de los Narajos, take a trip to postcard-pretty mountain villages such as Benahavis and Ronda, and admire works by Miro and Dali at the Museum of Contemporary Spanish Printmaking. Had enough of art and culture? Head for Cabopino, where you’ll find white sands and clear shallow water. End the day on a high at Belvue, Marbella’s only rooftop bar back at the Amare, where on a clear evening you can see all the way to Morocco, across the Strait of Gibraltar. Compare cheap hotels in Marbella Rhodes : Relax – or go with the wind Check in at what claims to the be the first adults-only hotel on the Greek island of Rhodes and you’ll find...Read More
The nights are getting darker and the mercury has begun to plummet, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop just yet! Tamara Hinson rounds up the UK’s best theme parks that you can still visit before they close this year. LEGOLAND Windsor Resort, Berkshire Open until: November 5. Christmas opening dates: December 3, 4, 10, 11 and 17 to 24 Although there’s plenty in store for LEGO fans visiting this theme park in 2017 (including a castle-themed hotel), 2016 has been an exciting year, too. Head to the Star Wars Miniland area to see one of the world’s largest LEGO sculptures – a Death Star made from 500,000 bricks. 2016 also saw the opening of the LEGO Nexo Knights film at the park’s 4D cinema. If you fancy something frightful, visit between the October 17 and October 31 for Brick or Treat, when you’ll be able to celebrate Halloween by signing up for a range of spooktacular activities. Alton Towers, Staffordshire Open until: November 6 One of this year’s highlights at Alton Towers was the opening of the Rollercoaster Restaurant, which brings a new meaning to the term fast food – meals arrive at guests’ tables via a network of metal tracks, with your dinner’s top speed being a rather impressive 20mph. Another new attraction is Galactica, a virtual reality rollercoaster designed to replicate the sensations that astronauts experience when they’re launched into space. The park’s famously frightful Scarefest takes place on October 8, 9, 15 and 16, and between October 21-31 . Chessington World of Adventures, Surrey Open until: November 1, after which selected areas will be open for special Christmas events Chessington World of Adventures is one of the few theme parks that remains open all year. New attractions for 2016 include Pandamonium, which features animatronic pandas, and the revamped Trail of the Kings, which winds past the gorilla, lion and tiger enclosures. There’s also a new Go Ape high ropes course and a Smokehouse BBQ restaurant – the perfect place to head to on a chilly autumn or winter day. The park will open late between October 21 and 31, when there will be various Halloween-themed activities, including fancy dress competitions and a trick-or-treat woodland walk. Thorpe Park, Surrey Open until: November 2 New for 2016 at Thorpe Park was Derren Brown’s Ghost Train, described as ‘a fully immersive psychological...Read More