In pictures: the world’s most colourful cities
Neon yellow, pastel pink and vivid orange; check out some of the most colourful cities in the world.
How to book hotels for less
If you're planning to book a hotel in the coming weeks, be sure to check out these 10 top tips to help you keep the costs to a minimum.
Is there a north/south holiday divide?
There’s a lot of rivalry between northerners and southerners about everything from politics and accents to sport, but does this geographical split extend to holidays?
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With the UK summer turning into a washout, Brits have been racing to book last-minute sunshine holiday deals. And, with prices rising due to lack of stock, you would be forgiven for thinking you cannot find a bargain. Fear not, because we’ve found seven deals for under £250 if you can get away during September. Go Greek There are bargains galore across the Greek islands this September. Zante is a great choice, with both quiet resorts and full on party beaches. The weather is still great as summer morphs into autumn, with daytime temperatures in the high-twenties and night-time averages that linger around 20C. If you don’t want to bake on the beach all day, take a boat trip to the stunning Smugglers Cove and catch the Face of Poseidon Cave on the way. Alternatively, with Olympic fever heating up for Rio 2016, a day out to Olympia – the home of the original competition on the nearby mainland – will get you in the mood for Brazil. Stay at the three-star Canadian Hotel in Laganas, Zante, on a seven-night self-catering break with Airtours, departing Gatwick or Manchester on September 17 for £205. A holiday that’s no Turkey The crowds have left the beaches and the scorching summer temperatures are replaced with long hot days and a cool breeze. September is an ideal time to visit Turkey and bustling Marmaris has a long beach, an historic old town and plenty of ways to make the most of your time on holiday. Take a traditional Turkish bath near the Grand Bazaar, try out all manner of water sports or let your hair down of an evening with a fine choice of restaurants, bars and clubs. Enjoy seven nights staying at the three-star Club Ceylan Apartments in Marmaris with Thomson on a self-catering basis, departing Manchester on September 14 for £190. Departures from London Luton cost £243. Can you brave the Costa Brava? The Mediterranean coast of Spain is lined with resorts that deliver high standards and a range of holiday options. And, with the current great value of the euro and reasonable prices in bars, restaurants and shops, your holiday pound really can go further on the seductive Spanish shoreline. Consider budget-friendly Lloret de Mar for your break this September. Brits have been visiting this...Read More
Arriving at the airport to find your flight has been delayed can put a real dampener on your holiday. Hours of waiting in soulless airport purgatory stretch ahead as you sit hopefully watching the departures board. But believe it or not, there are airports around the world where you might actually wish you could stay longer. Airport hell? Try these 10 examples of airport heaven (well, OK, close to it) instead. 1) Madrid-Barajas Airport, Spain For the superb architecture Madrid-Barajas Airport has scooped a bundle of awards for its superb architecture – including the prestigious international Stirling Prize when it opened in 2006. Calling it the world’s top airport for architecture, National Geographic Traveller praised Terminal 4’s “cathedral-like vault drenched in natural light”. Comprising multicoloured pillars and a “floating” bamboo roof, the airy design can be enjoyed from a series of suspended walkways. The look is so far from the drab and dreary airport norm, it almost makes you want to weep. 2) Changi Airport, Singapore For the super-relaxing facilities Fancy a dip in a Balinese-themed rooftop pool while you await your delayed flight? How about steaming in a spa or wandering around a butterfly or sunflower garden? In fact, Changi has so many de-stressing options you risk missing your flight because you’re so blissed out you’ve fallen asleep. You could always take one of the airport’s whistle-stop tours of Singapore to prevent that happening. Changi Airport won top spot for the third year running in the 2015 World Airport Awards for extraordinary perks such as these. 3) Hong Kong International Airport For the peerless entertainment Getting stuck at the world’s second busiest airport could keep you entertained for hours. Among the futuristic diversions at Hong Kong International Airport are a huge “4D” cinema (with more “sensory” thrills than 3D, apparently) and an Aviation Discovery Centre complete with flight simulator (if you really can’t wait to get on the plane!). Or you could just pass the time fiddling with a PlayStation at one of the airport’s free “game poles”. More retro diversions include practising your swing at the airport’s very own golf course. MORE: Your 10 top holiday bugbears revealed 4) Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam For the masterpieces on show Amsterdam is one of the world’s greatest places for seeing art, and what makes Schiphol unique in the airport world is its annex of the city’s Rijksmuseum Art...Read More