Sep 12, 2017

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Turin: Italy’s first capital makes for a fascinating city break...

Turin: Italy’s first capital makes for a fascinating city break

Florence, Venice, Rome… Italy’s major tourist cities can be stiflingly hot and crowded – especially during peak season. So why not try Turin? Often unfairly overlooked by weekend breakers, this elegant city – the first Italian capital and setting of the cult 1960s film “The Italian Job” – is packed with opulent palazzos (palaces), absorbing museums and stylish restaurants, writes Jess Bown. What to do in Turin With its huge, graceful piazzas (squares), heady mix of architecture, and numerous...

Aug 16, 2017

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Eating your way around Emilia Romagna...

Eating your way around Emilia Romagna

It’s not unusual for parents to plan ahead for their child’s future – starting a savings account or tucking away family heirlooms to inherit when they’re old enough – but in Emilia Romagna, they do things a little differently. The best traditional balsamic vinegar is aged for a whopping 25 years, so if they’ve any hope of giving it to their little one as a wedding present, they’d better get cracking before the kid starts school. Now that’s...

Aug 16, 2017

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The world’s best themed bars

The world’s best themed bars

In June, a pop-up Game of Thrones-themed bar appeared in Washington DC. It’s one of several watering holes dedicated to the hit show, but if you’ve had your fill of iron thrones and tankards shaped like horns, we’ve got some fantastic alternatives for some themed fun, writes Tamara Hinson. 29th Apartment, Melbourne, Australia It’s hardly surprising that 29th Apartment’s biggest fans describe it as a “home from home” because that’s exactly what it’s intended to be. Designed to resemble...

Aug 16, 2017

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Two days in Palma: What to do on a short break...

Two days in Palma: What to do on a short break

Beaches, bars and resorts may be most people’s idea of Mallorca, or perhaps the luxury inland hotels beloved by A-listers, but what most people don’t think of is Palma – at least not as a destination in itself, writes Eddi Fiegel. For the millions of tourists who head to the island every year, Palma is often little more than a landing point for bookending a holiday. But rather than just being home to an airport, the city is...

Aug 3, 2017

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Congratulations Carla and Jack! Meet TravelSupermarket’s Winning Micro-moon Couple...

Congratulations Carla and Jack! Meet TravelSupermarket’s Winning Micro-moon Couple

At TravelSupermarket we know how much a perfect getaway means to you – whether it’s a family holiday to Disneyland, a romantic break in Paris, or a honeymoon on a picturesque island. We also know that a wedding day is one of the happiest days of your life, followed by an out-of-this world honeymoon. But, we realise that sometimes in life it’s not always easy to plan a honeymoon, or even to go on one at all –...

Jul 17, 2017

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Escape Croatia’s crowds in idyllic Istria...

Escape Croatia’s crowds in idyllic Istria

So you’ve done Dubrovnik, been sightseeing in Split, and maybe even cruised the delightful Dalmatian Coast? Guess what – you still haven’t seen Croatia. Head north to the heart-shaped peninsula of Istria – right on the border with Slovenia, and a hop, skip and jump across the Adriatic from Venice – and you’ll find a lot more to fall in love with. Firstly, it’s only two hours – yes, really – from Gatwick to gateway city Pula, and...

Jul 17, 2017

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City and sand combined: Europe’s best urban beaches...

City and sand combined: Europe’s best urban beaches

Fancy a few days in the sun but want something more than a typical beach resort? Some of Europe’s most fascinating cities happen to come with spectacular beaches right on their doorstep, so you can soak up the culture while you top up your tan, writes Mary Novakovich. San Sebastian, Spain This lively city on Spain’s northern Basque coast has one of Europe’s loveliest beaches. The soft sands of Playa de la Concha stretch for nearly a mile...

Jul 17, 2017

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Two days in Nice: What to do on a short break...

Two days in Nice: What to do on a short break

With just a two-hour flight time from the UK, the capital of the French Riviera is the perfect weekend escape when you want sun, sea and a shot of Côte d’Azur glamour. Curving its way around the Mediterranean Bay of Angels, this classy, colourful city sits between sea and mountains, steadfastly unspoilt by the five million tourist visitors that it welcomes every year. The palm-lined Promenade des Anglais that runs between the pebble beach and elegant vanilla, lemon...

Jul 4, 2017

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Exploring Sri Lanka’s hill country by train...

Exploring Sri Lanka’s hill country by train

Our maroon train chugged through the sun-drenched Sri Lankan countryside, past palm trees, forests filled with firs, and wooden huts with bonfires crackling outside, writes Caroline Howley. We hung out of the open door, enjoying the warm breeze and watching the endless greenery sail past, before quickly withdrawing into the carriage as the train entered a stone tunnel. These same trains had once been used to transport colonial-era Brits up to the cooler climes of the tea plantations,...

Jun 21, 2017

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Themed hotel rooms that the kids will love...

Themed hotel rooms that the kids will love

The summer holidays are just around the corner, and a number of hotels have recently launched themed hotel rooms designed specifically for younger guests. Tamara Hinson rounds up some of her favourite kid-friendly crash pads… Stayokay Miffy Suite, Stayokay Hostel, Utrecht, Holland Located just a few metres from Utrecht’s Miffy Museum, Stayokay’s Miffy suite is a tribute to the cute white bunny created by illustrator Dick Bruna, who lived nearby. Step inside this four-person room and you’ll find Miffy-themed...

Jun 15, 2017

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Two days in Naples: Pizza, passion and plenty more besides…...

Two days in Naples: Pizza, passion and plenty more besides…

With its perfect pizzas, passionate people and thousands of battered, beeping scooters, Naples is a delightfully chaotic place. The port city hugs the curve of the Bay of Naples, where elegant boulevards and hectic, twisting alleys sprawl under the ominous shadow of Mount Vesuvius. Italy’s third-largest city was a popular stop on the Grand Tours undertaken by upper-class young chaps in times past, but today it’s noticeably less touristy than the high-culture Renaissance cities of the north –...

Jun 14, 2017

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11 of Spain’s best Blue Flag beaches...

11 of Spain’s best Blue Flag beaches

It’s official: Spain now has more Blue Flag beaches – those that meet the organisation’s high standards of water quality, safety and other environmental criteria – than any other country in the world. Hearing this news, we decided it was high time to root out the best of the bunch in Spain – and with 579 to choose from, that’s no easy feat. However, we’ve given it a bash and here are the ones we feel are worthy of your beach towel. If...

Jun 8, 2017

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Beyond the beach in Cyprus: the Troodos Mountains...

Beyond the beach in Cyprus: the Troodos Mountains

The rugged Cypriot coastline provides some of the most idyllic beaches in the Mediterranean. Paramali Beach in Limassol, Aphrodite’s Rock in Paphos – these are the sorts of relaxing oases that pop up on your friends’ social media feeds and make you weep with envy. But there is a lesser-known, equally stunning part of Cyprus that offers outstanding natural beauty, cultural fascination, and a palpable sense of tradition and heritage: the Troodos Mountains. Platres – home of the...

Jun 7, 2017

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From Absinthe to Whisky: the world’s best distilleries you can visit...

From Absinthe to Whisky: the world’s best distilleries you can visit

Fancy yourself as a bit of a cognac connoisseur, a true aficionado of Cuban rum and Mexican tequila, or a good ol’ sour-mash-sippin’ boy from Tennessee? Robin Gauldie’s guide showcases some of the best distilleries around the world where you can sample your favourite tipple in the place it’s produced. Absinthe – Prague, Czechia Mystique and ritual are part of the absinthe experience, and Prague is the world’s absinthe capital. The Absintherie is the place to sample the ‘green fairy’ for the...

Jun 1, 2017

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Ask the experts: How to bag the best hotel rooms...

Ask the experts: How to bag the best hotel rooms

Many of you will know the feeling: you check into your “ocean-facing deluxe suite” to find spectacular views of the local waste water plant and dodgy electrics which breach a minimum of five health and safety laws. Tamara Hinson spoke to hotel industry insiders to find out how customers can improve their hotel stays without breaking the bank. Get chummy with the staff We’re not talking about slipping the receptionist a ten-dollar bill, but about reaching out to the...

Jun 1, 2017

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Off the beaten track: Croatia’s best beaches...

Off the beaten track: Croatia’s best beaches

Think of Croatia’s beaches and the first that usually comes to mind is Brač’s Zlatni Rat, with its distinctive V shape that makes it the country’s poster boy for beach holidays. But along Croatia’s 1,800km-long Adriatic coast and its 1,244 islands, reefs and islets, there are plenty of other beautiful beaches away from the well-trodden path where you can dive into some of the clearest waters you’ll see in the world. Mary Novakovich uncovers some of Croatia’s best undiscovered...

May 25, 2017

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How to do Santorini on a budget

How to do Santorini on a budget

There are some places on Earth that a picture simply can’t do justice to, and Santorini is one of them. No matter how beautiful the photo, nothing compares to actually being there for an uninterrupted view over the caldera to the volcanic peak that breaks the inky Aegean waters. And while holidays to Santorini can cost a little more than Greek island stalwarts such as Corfu, Zante and Crete, the breathtaking views alone make it worth it. Add...

May 25, 2017

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Tbilisi opens up: Adventure beckons in Georgia’s capital...

Tbilisi opens up: Adventure beckons in Georgia’s capital

Welcome to Georgia! Have a triple vodka. Polite Brits; punctual Germans; orderly Japanese… national stereotypes are usually a bit ropey, but from the evidence of my first day, it seems the local version – hospitable Georgians – has plenty of substance. I’m wandering down an alley of elegantly-restored wooden balcony houses in the capital, Tbilisi, when I poke my nose through the doorway of one of these typical old dwellings that appears to be halfway through renovation. No sooner have...

May 24, 2017

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Beautiful Bali: 10 of the island’s best “secret” beaches...

Beautiful Bali: 10 of the island’s best “secret” beaches

Thanks to its idyllic setting, rich culture and ancient traditions, Bali has quickly become a long-haul favorite for Brits seeking something a little more exotic from their holidays. The island is famed for its beautiful beaches, most of which are set in stunning locations. While the popular beachside areas of Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Jimbaran and Canggu are well-trodden, you only have to go a little further to escape to a world very different from the typical tourist beat. Here,...

May 22, 2017

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Two days in Alicante: What to do on a short break...

Two days in Alicante: What to do on a short break

If you’ve ever thought Alicante was just an airport stop-off, then think again, writes Eddi Fiegel. Every year thousands of British tourists pass through Alicante on their way to holidays on the Costa Blanca, but only a few ever stop to discover the city itself. It’s a mystery why, but it’s definitely our loss, as Alicante can easily hold its own with the best of Spain when it comes to superb tapas and rice dishes, top-notch fine dining,...