Mar 21, 2017

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10 things to do in Cape Verde

10 things to do in Cape Verde

Fancy a slice of the exotic without the jet lag? Look no further than Cape Verde, a fascinating smattering of islands some 400km off the coast of Senegal. A melting pot of African and Portuguese culture blessed with white sand beaches and gorgeous blue waters, these islands were never going to stay secret for long. Whether you’re into water sports, volcano trekking or just fancy a beach break somewhere sunny, a holiday in Cape Verde is a cracking option. Direct flights from the UK to the islands of Sal and Boa Vista mean Cape Verde is accessible and easy to reach in just six hours – here are ten things in Cape Verde we think you’d be mad to miss. Hit the beach Cape Verde has the kind of beaches that fade off into the horizon in both directions; beaches that are lapped by impossibly clear, wonderfully warm waters that once you’re on, you never want to get off. There’s a reason the Cape Verde islands have been dubbed the “African Caribbean”. Santa Maria on Sal and Praia de Chaves on Boa Vista, for example, rival anything you’ll find over the other side of the Atlantic – these two islands are almost entirely surrounded by stunning sands, so take your pick! Get your surf on Strong winds whipping in off the Atlantic have made Sal a globally-renowned location for surfing or all kinds. During the winter months, the island is packed with kite and windsurfers, keen to test their skills out in the difficult conditions – it’s a hard place to learn, but, as the instructors will tell you, once you can surf here, you can surf anywhere. There are various operations offering lessons dotted around Santa Maria. If you’re after a crash course in kitesurfing, for example, Mitu & Djo Kite School at the aptly-named Kite Beach gives beginners’ lessons for around €85. Quad bike accross Sal’s rugged interior   Flying into Sal, you could easily mistake it for Mars – if Mars were surrounded by turquoise waters and white beaches, that is. Yes, Sal’s barren, rocky interior isn’t ideal for an afternoon stroll, but it does make it the perfect playground for a little off-road adventure. Quad tours are available all over the island, but your best bet is to book through your hotel or down in Santa Maria. Gorge...

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Mar 17, 2017

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From Blackpool to hidden Huisinis: Britain’s best beaches...

From Blackpool to hidden Huisinis: Britain’s best beaches

From North Yorkshire to Norfolk, we’re scoured Britain’s coastline for the best beaches we could find. Have we got it right, or is your favourite missing? Read on and find out!   Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire Caught in a time warp, the quaint fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay is the perfect place to escape the strife of modern life. Sheltered from the rest of the world by steep, craggy cliffs, the beach itself delivers a slice of Yorkshire’s coastline at its dramatic best all year round. Robin Hood’s Bay is the type of beach for people who don’t just like to sit still on the sand, with rockpooling and walking among the fun activities when the tide’s out. And when you’re done scrambling through the rocks looking for critters, retire to the pub for some legendary North Yorkshire scampi. Choose from a big range of North Yorkshire hotels. MORE: Europe’s most beautiful beaches Bamburgh Beach, Northumberland Natives of Northumberland will tell you (or perhaps they won’t – they might want to keep you away…) that their stretch of coastline is the best in Britain. And after a visit, you’d be hard pressed to disagree. We’ve picked Bamburgh, a multi-purpose gem of a beach watched over by a brooding castle, not just for its beauty, but also its mass appeal. Perfect for a spot of sunbathing (when the weather’s right), this beach is also home to surfers, windsurfers and walkers – it really is a place for everyone to get sandy. The historic village of Bamburgh, with its quaint pubs and cafes, has a quiet appeal to it, which, like its beach, is why it’s so popular with locals and tourists alike. Durdle Door, Dorset Probably one of Britain’s most recognisable beaches, Durdle Door, with its iconic limestone arch, has more than a hint of the Algarve about it. Surrounded by miles and miles of glorious countryside, this picturesque cove has become the stand-out poster child for the Jurassic Coast. Due to a natural offshore reef, the bay is protected from tidal swells so it’s ideal for swimming, snorkelling and diving. Not had your fill of stunning British beaches? Head over to nearby Lulworth Cove and Man O’ War beach – there must be something in the water. Find a cheap hotel in Dorset.   Sandwood...

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Mar 17, 2017

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The cheapest five-star city break is…...

The cheapest five-star city break is…

“Luxury” and “budget”: two words that don’t crop up together too often, especially when it comes to holidays. But what if we told you there’s a way to take a five-star city break for a three-star price tag? Well, there is – and some of Europe’s coolest cities happen to be on our hit list. Using search data from our site over the period of a year*, we’ve found the cities where you can have your cake and eat...

Mar 13, 2017

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How to do Barbados on a budget

How to do Barbados on a budget

It may be the Caribbean capital of luxury, but Barbados can be glorious on a budget, too. Joanna Booth shows you how to bag a bargain. From photos of Simon Cowell striding in bare-chested glory down the beach to Prince Harry hanging out with Rihanna, the pervasive, paparazzi-driven impression of Barbados is one of an island where money matters. But while it’s true that Barbados has some very, very swanky hotels and restaurants, there is another side to...

Mar 13, 2017

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10 things to do in Madeira

10 things to do in Madeira

From the moment you set foot on Madeira, the landscape is pure drama, writes Anita Isalska. These Portuguese islands, marooned off the coast of Morocco, have volcanic caves, shores lashed by the Atlantic, with world-class vineyards in between. Whether you’re gliding in by cruise ship for a day or staying for a longer holiday, begin with these 10 things to do in Madeira. Soar to dizzy heights on the Funchal cable car Most visitors start in Madeira’s main...

Mar 9, 2017

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Last-minute Easter holidays and long weekend bargains...

Last-minute Easter holidays and long weekend bargains

Still haven’t sorted out your Easter escape? Don’t panic! There are still plenty of great deals available, whether you’re looking for a week away with the kids over the Easter holidays or planning to make the most of the April long weekend with a relaxing beach break. We’ve rounded up some of the best value deals that are still out there for Easter. But hurry – prices for these deals are rising fast!   Holidays for couples over the April bank...

Mar 9, 2017

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

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

Malaga is one of Spain’s most popular tourist destinations – yet hardly anyone pauses long enough to look around, writes Katie McGonagle. As the gateway to the ever-popular Costa del Sol, most visitors arrive at the airport and move straight on in search of sunshine – west toward Torremolinos, Benalmadena and Marbella, or east toward the less-built-up resort of Nerja. Tempting as the beach might be, the city has plenty to recommend it too, whether as a weekend...

Mar 7, 2017

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Trump’s US travel ban: What is it and who is affected?...

Trump’s US travel ban: What is it and who is affected?

In 2017, US President Donald Trump has signed two executive orders which limit travel to the United States from certain countries. Here we explain the two executive orders and their implications. The March 2017 executive order The January 2017 executive order (explained below) was blocked by the courts in February, and effectively remains on hold. On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a new executive order, to take effect from March 16, placing a 90-day ban on people from...

Mar 3, 2017

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10 things to do in Tenerife

10 things to do in Tenerife

UK visitors can’t get enough of Tenerife – in 2016, more than 2 million of us visited the largest of the Canary Islands. Year-round sunshine, 70 beaches to choose from and a short, four-hour flight are the obvious draws, but there’s plenty more to love. Whether you’re after family fun, natural beauty or are primed to party, there’s something to suit. Ride up the side of a volcano Teide National Park is home to Mount Teide, Spain’s highest...

Mar 3, 2017

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The best destinations for a budget honeymoon...

The best destinations for a budget honeymoon

The wedding stress is finally over – it’s time for you and your new hubby or wife to take a break! But where should you go that doesn’t result in spending your first year of married life in debt? Well, it turns out an amazing honeymoon doesn’t need to cost the earth – check out our suggestions for a budget post-wedding break that you’ll remember for the rest of your lives. Hit the beach Greece Underestimate Greece’s honeymoon...