9 things you probably didn’t know about Las Vegas
Sin City’s reputation for debauchery overshadows most of Vegas’ earthy charms. But, boasting a stunning national park, quirky museums, America’s most innovative dining scene, and hopping watering holes well off the Strip, Nevada’s desert gold mine’s underground allure is alive and kicking!
Revealed! The cheapest summer city break destination is…
Fancy a summer city break that won't break the bank? We crunch the numbers to reveal the cheapest cities to visit this year.
In pictures: 9 of the biggest and best national parks and gardens worldwide
From quintessentially English landscape gardens to wild American national parks, we take a trot around the globe to reveal the open spaces you need to visit.
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Yes Tenerife is a popular option with Brits for a year-round sunshine escape, but there’s a whole lot more to the island than beaches, bars and all-day-British-breakfasts, writes Andrea Montgomery. From above the clouds to below the ocean, there are myriad ways Tenerife will surprise you, and here are just a few of them… 1. You can dine in one of four Michelin-starred restaurants Tenerife’s foodie scene is firmly on the up, with ritzy restaurants and gourmet menus opening like parasols on a beach. The frontrunners in this burgeoning food scene are the island’s four Michelin-star restaurants, the only ones in the Canary Islands, of which two, MB and Kabuki, are within the fabulous Ritz-Carlton Abama hotel (Carretera General, TF-47, km 9, Guia de Isora Tenerife, Santa Cruz de Tenerife; +34 922 126 000). Just along the coast in Los Gigantes, the family restaurant of El Rincón de Juan Carlos (Pasaje de Jacaranda, 2, Los Gigantes, Tenerife; +34 922 86 80 40) finally got the Michelin star it has so long deserved in 2015, and last but not least in this fab four is the Japanese restaurant, Kazan (Paseo Milicias de Garachico, local 5, 38002, Santa Cruz de Tenerife; +34 922 24 55 98), in Santa Cruz. 2. You can enjoy close encounters with amazing wildlife Warm waters off the west coast of Tenerife are rich in microscopic marine life which supports 26 species of cetaceans who inhabit these waters or stop off to feed here on their migratory routes. Seeing these amazing creatures in the wild is one of those experiences that you never forget. There are daily sailings out of the harbour at Los Gigantes to see bottle-nosed dolphins and pilot whales swimming alongside the boat, and spot basking Bryde’s whales who come to feed on shoals of sardines. To get even closer to the marine life, Flyover organise shallow dives to swim with huge ocean turtles. 3. You can stay in a banana plantation Unlike the manicured gardens and infinity pools that surround five-star hotels in the southern resorts of Tenerife, it’s in the midst of banana plantations and fruit orchards that you’ll find many of the island’s most characterful and boutique rural hotels. Among them, on the coast below Garachico, nestling in a sea of banana plants, is the 16th-century...Read More
Oktoberfest is the undisputed heavyweight champion of beer festivals – there’s no denying that. But it’s not the only big beer festival in the world. Not by a long shot. Our planet is full of pale ales, pilsners, craft lagers and stouts; you just have to be willing to seek them out. Whether you missed out, went last year or just want a new location for your beer-inspired break, here are some of the biggest and best alternatives to Oktoberfest. 1. London Oktoberfest When: August TBC Don’t fancy leaving the country? What better way to celebrate Oktoberfest than by heading to London’s very own, albeit slightly condensed, version of the famous beer festival. Don your best lederhosen, grab your trusty stein and head down to either Green Common in Ealing and Millwall Park in Canary Wharf, as London does its best Bavarian impression. For the sum of £10 you can pay on the door or there are plenty of food and drink combination deals that start from as little as £14.50. Of course, there’ll be all the elements that make Oktoberfest so incredible: live and loud Oompah bands, authentic German fare and thousands of happy revellers enjoying the atmosphere. Book hotels in London 2. The Cannstatter Volksfest, Stuttgart When: starts September 23, 2016 “Oh, you’re doing Oktoberfest? I’m off to the Stuttgart Cannstatter Volksfest, instead. You’ve probably never heard of it.” No-one likes that guy, except that guy. But maybe this year he has a point? Avoid the mainstream and head to one of Germany’s lesser-known beer fests for some bratwurst and beverages. Well, lesser-known probably isn’t the best way to describe Cannstatter Volksfest, or “Wasen”; it is an absolutely massive festival with 200 years of heritage under its belt. It doesn’t quite roll off the tongue like Oktoberfest, though, does it? As well as 10 speciality food and drink tents, there’s also a huge flea market and one of the biggest fun fairs in all of Europe to keep you occupied. Book flights to Germany 3. Craft Beer Calling, Newcastle upon Tyne When: 2016 dates TBC “Eeeh man, ahm gannin te the booza.” Didn’t quite catch that? It doesn’t matter. All you need to know is that Craft Beer Calling in Newcastle is one of the finest international beer festivals to strut on this malty scene in recent years....Read More