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Luxurious Majorca: From Cloud Atlas to Catherine Zeta-Jones, why the island is in demand

Majorca has long been the perfect Mediterranean island escape for celebrities, with a more relaxed atmosphere than its Balearic neighbour Ibiza and an intriguing blend of rustic and modern culture. Now...

Singapore: Exotic highlights of an Asian Tiger

Ahead of the arrival of the young royal couple Raffles Hotel has pulled out the red carpet and redecorated the walls of its neo-Renaissance architecture. Renowned for its Singapore Sling cocktail, and...

Wind down the romantic canals of Venice

The film world has descended once more on the magical city of Venice for the 69th Venice Film Festival. But away from the glitz and glam of the red carpet exists the fantastic art and culture of one of...

Holiday with the stars in Miami

With a tropical climate that boasts hot, humid summers and short, warm winters, Miami is the perfect year round holiday destination. Situated on Florida's Atlantic coast, its swathes of golden beaches,...

Check in to chic: the world's top boutique hotels

Since their beginnings in Eighties New York, boutique hotels have sprung up all over the world, each competing to offer a unique, designer edge to the travel experience. Make your next hotel a lifestyle...

Art, wine and tapas in Barcelona

A region with its own language, character and history – it is no wonder that its capital is Spain's most cosmopolitan city and one of the Mediterranean's busiest ports. Barcelona is one of...

From the South Bank to Portobello Road: London's best freebies

Check out our top pick of London's cultural attractions, green spaces, walks and markets.  Whether you're in town for the Games or fancy an afternoon strolling the capital, this list of favourites is...

European urban adventures: Top five city breaks

A European city break is a great getaway – in just a few days you can explore a new place, soak up a different culture and indulge in exciting new foods. With so many fascinating cities just a short...

The £160 million makeover to restore Ritz Paris to former glory

At the end of July, the iconic Ritz Paris will close its doors for a £160 million makeover.   The landmark hotel, the epitome of opulent travel for the past 114 years, will be treated...

London 2012 Festival, the hottest ticket in town

Alongside the Olympic Games, London is hosting its biggest ever cultural festival from June 21 until September 9, the London 2012 Festival. As the Olympic torch races along the home straight...

Shop Istanbul: a fashionista's paradise

When it comes to shopping destinations, the main ones that spring to mind are Paris, New York, London and Milan. But right now Istanbul is the place to go. This Turkish hot spot that spans continents,...

The crowning jewels of the Cote d'Azur

From St-Tropez to the Belle Époque aura of Cannes; these seductive locations have always captivated sun lovers and socialites. There are also, of course, those niche spots where the per-capita...

Copenhagen: one of Europe's coolest, greenest cities

The longest pedestrian street in Europe, Strøget, winds through the city centre with shops of world-renowned Danish design, fashion and much more. In its squares and along its fascinating canals...

Bamberg: a Bavarian treasure

The lush green countryside around Bamberg is a charming setting for the seven-hilled town that residents of Bamberg like to compare to Rome. The hills are dotted with an abundance of medieval churches...

Gourmet Brussels in seven steps

Tip 1: Plan your route. Pop into the Office of Tourism and pick up a map (.50€ - about 30p) outlining one of the gastronomy trails organised by the city. There are three separate routes: Sweet Tooths,...

Take a gastronomic tour of Lisbon



They say that the Portuguese have 365 recipes for cod, one for each day the year. But Leonal Pereira, chef at the exclusive restaurant Panorama in Lisbon, claims to have created recipe number 366, accompanying...

Discover the world of Toulouse-Lautrec in Albi, France

Set on the banks of the river Tarn in southern France, the historic French city of Albi is rich in the Languedoc style of architecture, featuring red brick and tiles, of which the Cathedral of Sainte Cecile...



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