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  4.    <title>Europe holidays | The Guardian</title>
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  6.    <description>Europe holiday features and tips, accommodation and restaurant reviews, plus ideas for skiing, beach, budget, family and sport breaks</description>
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  9.    <pubDate>Thu, 29 Feb 2024 12:00:06 GMT</pubDate>
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  19.      <title>‘It is magical to swim surrounded by the Arctic winter in all its brutal glory’: an eco cruise in Norway’s far north</title>
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  21.      <description>&lt;p&gt;Our writer travelled on a low-emission ship to the top of Europe in winter to experience the northern lights, cross-country skiing and a freezing plunge in the sea&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;The view from the ship’s bridge is what I expected: a ribbon of dark Arctic water leading through a maze of snowy mountain islands. But the view &lt;em&gt;of&lt;/em&gt; the bridge is a shock. Where is the wheel, the chart and that big metal thing that goes “ting”? You know, the one marked “Dead Slow” and “Full Steam”, like you see in Titanic when they spot the iceberg? In its public areas, the &lt;a href=""&gt;Havila Capella&lt;/a&gt; looks like any modern cruise ship or upmarket ferry. There are lounges, a panoramic bar, a couple of gyms and a deck that can be strolled. It is what lies behind the bulkheads that is very different.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;On a bridge that is more USS Enterprise than Titanic, Captain Brynjard Ulvøy checks the flatscreen displays. “You see, if we increase speed … ” He nods at the first officer in the comfortable chair who taps another screen. “We drain the batteries and use more liquid natural gas.” Another nod and the ship eases back a little. “At this speed, we are at our most economical.”&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  30.      <pubDate>Wed, 28 Feb 2024 07:58:32 GMT</pubDate>
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  38.      <dc:creator>Kevin Rushby</dc:creator>
  39.      <dc:date>2024-02-28T07:58:32Z</dc:date>
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  42.      <title>Rail route of the month: Slavic magic on a gentle trip to Zakopane, Poland</title>
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  44.      <description>&lt;p&gt;Our slow travel expert discovers the legacy of popes and revolutionaries on a trip south from Kraków to the resort town in the Tatra Mountains&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Nine trains leave Kraków each weekday to climb up to Poland’s premier mountain retreat, Zakopane. In 1936, the fastest trains to Zakopane took under 2½ hours. Almost a century later, after infrastructure renewal work lasting several years, just one of those nine trains matches the 1936 time. Such is the state of railways in some parts of rural Poland.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Anyone in a hurry to reach Zakopane from Kraków will take the bus, which runs nonstop and takes two hours. But the train is a gentler, greener option. With time on my hands, I opt for one of the slower trains, which promises 48 intermediate stops. Yes, 48. There’s a dash of Slavic magic in the litany of stations along the route: Sieniawa, Skawina, Stronie, Stryszów, Szaflary.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  51.      <pubDate>Wed, 21 Feb 2024 07:00:10 GMT</pubDate>
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  59.      <dc:creator>Nicky Gardner</dc:creator>
  60.      <dc:date>2024-02-21T07:00:10Z</dc:date>
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  63.      <title>Right to Rome: why spring is the best time to visit the Italian capital</title>
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  65.      <description>&lt;p&gt;It’s warm enough to sit outside cafes and bars, and visiting before the crowds arrive in summer means that the queues are short&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Forget Paris in spring: Rome is both warmer and cooler in the first few months of the year. The locals are in their winter black rollneck jumpers, accessorised with equally noir-ish sunglasses. With an average of 17C by March, it’s warm enough to sit outside cafés and bars, but not hot enough to fall foul of the “no shorts” rule enforced in Rome’s oldest churches.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Inside Villa Farnesina (€12; &lt;a href=""&gt;;/a&gt;), there is just a handful of people admiring the murals by Raphael, while outside a grove of citrus trees is groaning with fruit. The Caffè Settimiano on nearby Via Garibaldi – where I stop off for my first Aperol spritz of the year – is full of mismatched vintage furniture, attracting equal numbers of Romans and blissed-out American students beginning a semester abroad.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  67.      <category domain="">Europe holidays</category>
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  70.      <pubDate>Sun, 18 Feb 2024 07:00:37 GMT</pubDate>
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  76.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: Marco Bottigelli/Getty Images</media:credit>
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  78.      <dc:creator>Sarah Turner</dc:creator>
  79.      <dc:date>2024-02-18T07:00:37Z</dc:date>
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  82.      <title>Sun, sea and rock’n’roll: how Torremolinos got its groove back</title>
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  84.      <description>&lt;p&gt;A February festival brings a touch of glamour to the Costa del Sol resort – and a welcome off-season tourism boost &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;I’m in Torremolinos. Yes, I know what you’re thinking – and you’d have a point. But I’m not here for the sun, cheap booze and a full English, although there are plentiful supplies of all the above. I’m here to relive my well-spent youth (albeit in a decidedly middle-aged fashion) at the 30th Rockin’ Race Jamboree, an international rockabilly festival that takes over Spain’s much-maligned resort for one wild weekend each February – and has been instrumental in boosting the town’s fortunes.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;The &lt;a href=""&gt;Rockin’ Race&lt;/a&gt; is the creation of husband and wife, Guillermo Jiménez and Vivi Milla, from nearby Málaga, where they also run a record shop and label, both devoted to American music of the 50s and 60s. Like all the best festivals, it started out, back in 1994, as a gathering of friends sharing their love of the music. Three years later they had outgrown their venue in Málaga; the hunt for a new location took them the 10 miles along the coast to Torremolinos.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  86.      <category domain="">Festivals</category>
  87.      <category domain="">Life and style</category>
  88.      <category domain="">Short breaks</category>
  89.      <category domain="">City breaks</category>
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  91.      <category domain="">Europe holidays</category>
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  93.      <pubDate>Tue, 13 Feb 2024 07:00:35 GMT</pubDate>
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  101.      <dc:creator>Lois Pryce</dc:creator>
  102.      <dc:date>2024-02-13T07:00:35Z</dc:date>
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  105.      <title>Cool for Catalans: 10 stylish places to stay in Barcelona</title>
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  107.      <description>&lt;p&gt;From boutique to industrial chic, and apartment hotels to dorms, here are rooms to suit every budget in Catalonia’s much-loved city&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;There’s always a buzz at Casa Bonay: its chic bars, reasonably priced rooms and restaurants – just a stone’s throw from the city’s imposing &lt;a href=""&gt;Arc de Triomf&lt;/a&gt; – are a draw for both visitors and locals. With mosaic-tiled floors, statement sliding doors and floods of natural light, sleeping quarters here are an oasis of cool and calm, complete with &lt;a href=""&gt;Mubi&lt;/a&gt; streaming and yoga mats. The rooftop is split between a seasonal dining space and guest-only urban garden, while downstairs there’s a restaurant, coffee shop and bustling cocktail bar serving into the early hours. Plus, bikes to explore the city are free of charge. &lt;br&gt;&lt;em&gt;Rooms from £117, &lt;a href=""&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/em&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  113.      <category domain="">Europe holidays</category>
  114.      <pubDate>Sun, 11 Feb 2024 11:00:09 GMT</pubDate>
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  117.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: Pol Albarrán/Getty Images</media:credit>
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  120.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: Pol Albarrán/Getty Images</media:credit>
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  122.      <dc:creator>Michael Segalov</dc:creator>
  123.      <dc:date>2024-02-11T11:00:09Z</dc:date>
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  126.      <title>A local’s guide to Maastricht, Netherlands: the best bars, culture and hotels</title>
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  128.      <description>&lt;p&gt;Art, history and cafes abound in this often overlooked Dutch city, says a local microbrewery co-owner&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Life in Maastricht and our province of Limburg is sweet: our local specialities are proof. Two dishes stand out: &lt;em&gt;limburgse vlaai &lt;/em&gt;is a delicious pastry with a sweet filling. There are lots of flavours, but the best is &lt;em&gt;rijstevlaai, &lt;/em&gt;made with a rich rice-pudding centre. You won’t find that anywhere else in the Netherlands.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  134.      <pubDate>Fri, 09 Feb 2024 07:00:35 GMT</pubDate>
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  142.      <dc:creator>Tom de Lepper</dc:creator>
  143.      <dc:date>2024-02-09T07:00:35Z</dc:date>
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  146.      <title>‘The real life of Athens is here’ – look beyond the Acropolis for the hidden gems of the city</title>
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  148.      <description>&lt;p&gt;The Acropolis Museum’s underground lab, the ancient Hadrian aqueduct and an arts festival in an old factory offer a more personal view of the Greek capital&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;It’s the most exclusive lost property office in the world. Deep underground, in a thrumming, humidified laboratory, a world-historical statue is being reunited with its ancient marble foot. Of all the rooms at the Acropolis Museum in Athens, this is the most pulse-quickening, which is saying something considering that the building houses treasures of antiquity including friezes from the Parthenon.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Prof Nikolaos Stampolidis, director-general of the museum, is playing the role of an archaeological Prince Charming: he must decide if the deftly chiselled toes are a match for the sculpture of a &lt;em&gt;kouros&lt;/em&gt;, or naked youth on display as part of the permanent collection until conservators began to suspect that the foot bone connected to the leg bone might be the wrong one. Perhaps the foot in the lab, which was found elsewhere at the Acropolis, will be a perfect fit. If museum staff are right, these jigsaw pieces, separated for millennia, have been within just a few square metres of one another.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  153.      <category domain="">City breaks</category>
  154.      <category domain="">Weekend breaks</category>
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  156.      <pubDate>Wed, 07 Sep 2022 06:00:40 GMT</pubDate>
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  164.      <dc:creator>Stephen Smith</dc:creator>
  165.      <dc:date>2022-09-07T06:00:40Z</dc:date>
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  168.      <title>A local’s guide to Narbonne, France: late-night dancing, seafood and seaside cycle rides</title>
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  170.      <description>&lt;p&gt;Winemaker and rugby player Gérard Bertrand on the best 6am steaks, nightlife and coastal action in this relaxed Mediterranean town&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Our food scene revolves around &lt;a href="" title=""&gt;Les Halles de Narbonne&lt;/a&gt;, a splendid covered market and architectural gem from the late 19th century. It is open every day and is everyone’s favourite meeting place. More than a market, it has wine bars, bistros and tapas counters, plus fishmongers where you can feast on plump oysters and shrimps. I go there every Sunday to do my shopping. When I played rugby for Narbonne, the “third half” would sometimes carry on until morning, when we would arrive at 6am for a steak. And you’ll still find this ambience in Les Halles – along with great grilled meat – at &lt;a href="" title=""&gt;Chez Bebelle&lt;/a&gt;.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  172.      <category domain="">City breaks</category>
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  175.      <category domain="">Travel</category>
  176.      <category domain="">Museums</category>
  177.      <category domain="">Culture</category>
  178.      <pubDate>Mon, 15 Aug 2022 06:00:31 GMT</pubDate>
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  181.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Illustration: Hennie Haworth/The Guardian</media:credit>
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  184.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Illustration: Hennie Haworth/The Guardian</media:credit>
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  186.      <dc:creator>Interview by John Brunton</dc:creator>
  187.      <dc:date>2022-08-15T06:00:31Z</dc:date>
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  190.      <title>Hidden Spain: where to stay and what to do off the beaten track</title>
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  192.      <description>&lt;p&gt;It is the UK’s favourite holiday destination, but few British tourists explore these stunning tucked-away beaches, sleepy villages and rugged national parks&lt;br&gt;&lt;strong&gt;&lt;a href=""&gt;Hidden Croatia &lt;/a&gt;| &lt;a href=""&gt;Hidden Greece&lt;/a&gt; | &lt;a href=""&gt;Hidden France&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;A lot of us have been rather surprised to discover how much we like being in nature and all that outdoorsy stuff over the past couple of years. Of course, we all still love our city breaks – nothing like an exhilarating weekend in Madrid, Barcelona or Valencia to pep us up – but Spain is also really good for getting away from it all, whether in the mountains, an unspoiled stretch of coast or in a village you just happen to come across on a road trip. The Spanish love rural tourism and there are gorgeous small hotels and self-catering places all over the country.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  195.      <category domain="">Europe holidays</category>
  196.      <pubDate>Sat, 25 Jun 2022 09:00:10 GMT</pubDate>
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  204.      <dc:creator>Annie Bennett</dc:creator>
  205.      <dc:date>2022-06-25T09:00:10Z</dc:date>
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  208.      <title>Hidden France: where to stay and what to do off the beaten track</title>
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  210.      <description>&lt;p&gt;If you dream of salt pans and chalets on stilts, wild heather-clad hillsides and car-free isles …&lt;br&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Hidden … &lt;a href=""&gt;Greece&lt;/a&gt; | &lt;a href=""&gt;Croatia&lt;/a&gt; | &lt;a href=""&gt;Italy&lt;/a&gt; | &lt;a href=""&gt;Portugal&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;France, the world’s most popular tourist destination, is getting back on track this summer with a focus (and a €50m government investment) on eco-friendly holidays, slow travel and sustainable tourism. That means going beyond the usual hotspots to an unexplored France of bamboo forests, pink salt pans, chalets on stilts, prehistoric horses and maybe a weekend as a lighthouse keeper.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  215.      <category domain="">Family holidays</category>
  216.      <pubDate>Sat, 18 Jun 2022 10:00:15 GMT</pubDate>
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  222.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: Andia/Alamy</media:credit>
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  224.      <dc:creator>Jon Bryant</dc:creator>
  225.      <dc:date>2022-06-18T10:00:15Z</dc:date>
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  228.      <title>Hidden Portugal: where to stay and what to do off the beaten track</title>
  229.      <link></link>
  230.      <description>&lt;p&gt;Hauntingly beautiful villages, thermal springs, unspoilt beaches, fairytale castles ... Portugal has so much more to offer than the bustle of the Algarve&lt;br&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Hidden …&lt;a href=""&gt; Greece&lt;/a&gt; | &lt;a href=""&gt;Croatia&lt;/a&gt; | &lt;a href=""&gt;Italy&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Britain’s love affair with its &lt;a href=""&gt;oldest ally&lt;/a&gt; is set to be reignited this summer. The UK is Portugal’s biggest overseas tourist market, and it became the first EU country to allow Britons fast-tracked entry, post-Brexit, via electronic passport gates. Thanks to the easing of Covid travel restrictions, hundreds of thousands of British travellers are expected to head back there this summer, drawn mainly by its sunny south coast. But Portugal has so much more to offer than the beaches and bars of the Algarve.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  237.      <pubDate>Sat, 11 Jun 2022 10:00:16 GMT</pubDate>
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  243.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: Jacek Sopotnicki/Alamy</media:credit>
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  245.      <dc:creator>Paulo Anunciação</dc:creator>
  246.      <dc:date>2022-06-11T10:00:16Z</dc:date>
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  249.      <title>Hidden Greece: where to stay and what to do away from the beaten track</title>
  250.      <link></link>
  251.      <description>&lt;p&gt;Explore Greece’s wealth of secret beaches, mountains, sleepy islands and tempting tavernas&lt;br&gt;&lt;strong&gt;&lt;a href=""&gt;Hidden Italy &lt;/a&gt;| &lt;a href=""&gt;Hidden Croatia&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Gorgeous Greece has always been a classic, go-to summer holiday destination, and the pandemic served as a stark reminder that tourism is the main motor driving the economy. As a result, many new initiatives were rushed through: from improving infrastructure and promoting sustainability to developing lesser-known destinations.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="" title=""&gt;Early projections suggest&lt;/a&gt; that these measures have succeeded and, if all goes well, 2022 could be a bumper season, with tourism reaching 80-90% of pre-Covid levels. So maybe this is the year to discover an out-of-the-way beach or an underrated resort, to recharge those sun-depleted batteries far from the madding holiday-deprived crowds, or to embark on a scenic mountain trek.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  253.      <category domain="">Beach holidays</category>
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  257.      <category domain="">Greek Islands holidays</category>
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  261.      <pubDate>Sat, 02 Apr 2022 09:00:47 GMT</pubDate>
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  267.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: Hemis/Alamy</media:credit>
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  269.      <dc:creator>John Malathronas</dc:creator>
  270.      <dc:date>2022-04-02T09:00:47Z</dc:date>
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  273.      <title>Hidden Croatia: where to stay and what to do off the beaten track</title>
  274.      <link></link>
  275.      <description>&lt;p&gt;Explore the natural wonders, sleepy villages and car-free islands of seven lesser-known regions&lt;br&gt;&lt;strong&gt;&lt;a href=""&gt;Hidden Greece&lt;/a&gt; | &lt;a href=""&gt;Hidden Italy&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Despite all the restrictions and uncertainty caused by the pandemic, Croatia’s tourism industry made a decent show of bouncing back last year – to about two-thirds of its 2019 levels. And the perennial hotspots of Dubrovnik, Hvar, Brač and Korčula have been as popular as ever. But while millions of people spent last year beating a well-trodden path, there are still regions, islands and beaches where the tourist footprint is lighter, the crowds fewer and the atmosphere more mellow. If you’re looking for an escape and a new discovery this year – but not the crowds – you’ll find it in these places.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  276.      <category domain="">Croatia holidays</category>
  277.      <category domain="">Europe holidays</category>
  278.      <category domain="">Travel</category>
  279.      <category domain="">Short breaks</category>
  280.      <category domain="">Beach holidays</category>
  281.      <category domain="">Summer holidays</category>
  282.      <category domain="">Walking holidays</category>
  283.      <pubDate>Sat, 26 Mar 2022 10:00:54 GMT</pubDate>
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  291.      <dc:creator>Mary Novakovich</dc:creator>
  292.      <dc:date>2022-03-26T10:00:54Z</dc:date>
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  295.      <title>A holiday guide to the Canary Islands</title>
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  297.      <description>&lt;p&gt;The Canaries are Spain’s most accessible destination under current UK travel rules – and home to historical towns, dramatic coastlines, wild walks and excellent seafood&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Away from their pockets of mass-tourism development, Spain’s Canaries are an archipelago of endlessly varied landscapes, slow-going villages, lively towns, gastronomic delights and a thriving local culture that is at once firmly Spanish and distinctively Canarian. With two Unesco geoparks and four national parks, these eight sun-baked islands are home to a growing lineup of sustainable tourism initiatives – and you’re never far from a dip in the Atlantic.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;This week, &lt;a href=""&gt;Spain opened its borders to British tourists&lt;/a&gt;, allowing them to enter without a Covid test or proof of vaccination. The change prompted UK tour operators to resume holidays to the Canary Islands – the only part of Spain exempt from the &lt;a href=""&gt;Foreign Office’s non-essential travel warning&lt;/a&gt;. That doesn’t mean that going on holiday to the Canaries is completely straightforward – along with the rest of Spain the islands are on the&lt;a href=""&gt; amber list&lt;/a&gt;, meaning visitors returning to the UK are required to self-isolate for 10 days and take a Covid test before landing, and two more on days two and eight. In addition, a negative PCR test is required prior to arrival if staying in an official tourism establishment. After a flurry of contradictory comments by ministers last week,&lt;a href=""&gt; Boris Johnson &lt;/a&gt;said no one should be going on holiday to amber-list destinations, though that hasn’t stopped &lt;a href=""&gt;airlines increasing the number of flights to them&lt;/a&gt;, encouraged by consumer demand. As travel expert Paul Charles put it: “Consumers are voting with their feet and booking trips to Spain; they know the rules, they know it’s not illegal and they know they have to self-isolate when they get home.”&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  299.      <category domain="">Spain holidays</category>
  300.      <category domain="">Beach holidays</category>
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  303.      <category domain="">Walking holidays</category>
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  305.      <category domain="">Cultural trips</category>
  306.      <category domain="">National parks</category>
  307.      <pubDate>Tue, 25 May 2021 06:00:21 GMT</pubDate>
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  315.      <dc:creator>Isabella Noble</dc:creator>
  316.      <dc:date>2021-05-25T06:00:21Z</dc:date>
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  319.      <title>Spain road trip: Granada to Almería</title>
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  321.      <description>&lt;p&gt;The Alhambra marks the start of a drive taking in historic cities, a river valley and mountains – and ends in Almería’s spaghetti western desert&lt;br&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Granada&lt;/strong&gt; is dominated by its mighty Moorish fortress, &lt;strong&gt;&lt;a href="" title=""&gt;the Alhambra&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/strong&gt;. Book ahead and visit early, at its least-crowded, and then spend the afternoon meandering the narrow streets and plazas of the old town – the &lt;strong&gt;Albaicín&lt;/strong&gt;. Stay in this area at the 16th-century &lt;strong&gt;&lt;a href="" title=""&gt;Santa Isabel La Real&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/strong&gt;, with its Alhambra views, (doubles from €95 B&amp;amp;B, parking available).&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;On day two, take in the Alhambra’s Nasrid palaces, Generalife and the Alcazaba before driving north-west through rolling olive country to picturesque &lt;strong&gt;Priego de Córdoba&lt;/strong&gt; (N-432 &amp;amp; A-339, 76km). The town is a restful place to be, and feels like the essence of Andalucía; its &lt;strong&gt;&lt;a href="" title=""&gt;Barrio de la Villa&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/strong&gt; is a labyrinth of fountains, churches, geraniums, with castle and panoramic views. Take all that in while staying at quaint &lt;strong&gt;&lt;a href="" title=""&gt;Hotel Zahorí&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/strong&gt; (double from €55 B&amp;amp;B).&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  322.      <category domain="">Spain holidays</category>
  323.      <category domain="">Road trips</category>
  324.      <category domain="">Cultural trips</category>
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  326.      <category domain="">Granada holidays</category>
  327.      <category domain="">Andalucia holidays</category>
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  329.      <category domain="">Travel</category>
  330.      <pubDate>Wed, 07 Aug 2019 05:30:39 GMT</pubDate>
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  338.      <dc:creator>Sorrel Downer</dc:creator>
  339.      <dc:date>2019-08-07T05:30:39Z</dc:date>
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  342.      <title>From surfing in Porto to Ljubljana’s fairytale architecture: readers’ favourite European city breaks</title>
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  344.      <description>&lt;p&gt;Our tipsters recall their adventures while exploring 10 of Europe’s finest cities&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;A museum store – but not as you know it... The minute you spot the enormous mirrored ark that is &lt;a href=""&gt;Rotterdam&lt;/a&gt;’s &lt;a href=""&gt;Depot&lt;/a&gt;, you know you’re in for something extraordinary. Open to the public, its Escher-like staircases are designed to encourage visitors to get lost; to discover objects from below, from above, to look at the backs of pictures. Tours (you get to wear a white coat for this bit) give visitors insight into the storage of objects and the complex process of a museum loan. And when you are full of wonder, you can fill up on delicious teas and food at the rooftop restaurant, enjoying city views from the roof garden. Tickets are €20.&lt;br&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Lydia Thornley&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  345.      <category domain="">Europe holidays</category>
  346.      <category domain="">City breaks</category>
  347.      <category domain="">Short breaks</category>
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  349.      <category domain="">Top 10s</category>
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  351.      <pubDate>Fri, 02 Feb 2024 07:30:42 GMT</pubDate>
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  359.      <dc:creator>Guardian readers</dc:creator>
  360.      <dc:date>2024-02-02T07:30:42Z</dc:date>
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  363.      <title>‘One taste explodes like a moon rocket booster’: readers’ favourite foodie finds in Europe</title>
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  365.      <description>&lt;p&gt;Lava soup in Iceland, assassins’ pasta in Bari, Georgian breads and Norfolk seafood … our tipsters pick their favourite culinary treats across the continent&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Hidden in the main hall of Varvakios Agora market in Athens is seafood so fresh that the air smells of saltwater. At &lt;a href=""&gt;Hasapika,&lt;/a&gt; you can choose your fish and specify how you’d like it cooked: seared octopus, salmon ceviche, gigantic fried prawns – the choice is endlessly delicious. But the highlight is the Hasapika pan – handmade pasta in a decadent tomato broth overloaded with crayfish, mussels and shrimp. It can serve three, but two of us fought for every last scrap, wiping the pan with warm, olive oil-soaked bread. My Italian friend declared it some of the best pasta he had ever tasted. Well worth €28 for two.&lt;br&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Suriya Bala&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  366.      <category domain="">Restaurants</category>
  367.      <category domain="">Food and drink</category>
  368.      <category domain="">Europe holidays</category>
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  371.      <pubDate>Fri, 26 Jan 2024 07:00:26 GMT</pubDate>
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  379.      <dc:creator>Guardian readers</dc:creator>
  380.      <dc:date>2024-01-26T07:00:26Z</dc:date>
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  383.      <title>‘Prepare for the sunset of a lifetime’: readers’ favourite beaches in southern Europe</title>
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  385.      <description>&lt;p&gt;From remote sandy coves in Galicia to bustling town beaches in the Cinque Terre, our tipsters dream of sunny climes and limpid waters&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;On an out-of-season trip to Zakynthos, a Greek island famed for intoxicated British teenagers that also happens to be beautiful, we stumbled upon &lt;strong&gt;Xigia Sulfur&lt;/strong&gt; beach on the east coast. We were first greeted by the smell of rotten eggs, because of its sulphurous springs. Despite the smell, it’s brilliant: the glistening turquoise waters are framed by the towering cliffs, and the sulphur bubbles out of the seabed. A dip on this beach is said to be good for the skin and generally therapeutic. There are other little coves nearby, linked by paths.&lt;br&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Lucas&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  386.      <category domain="">Beach holidays</category>
  387.      <category domain="">Europe holidays</category>
  388.      <category domain="">Summer holidays</category>
  389.      <category domain="">Family holidays</category>
  390.      <category domain="">Top 10s</category>
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  392.      <pubDate>Fri, 19 Jan 2024 07:00:23 GMT</pubDate>
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  400.      <dc:creator>Guardian readers</dc:creator>
  401.      <dc:date>2024-01-19T07:00:23Z</dc:date>
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  404.      <title>‘I didn’t expect to feel so moved’: readers’ favourite cultural trips in Europe</title>
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  406.      <description>&lt;p&gt;From antiquity in Spain to modern art in Denmark, via three Erics in Morecambe, our tipsters reveal the places that left them feeling inspired&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;The spectacular &lt;a href=""&gt;House of Music&lt;/a&gt; is in Budapest’s beautiful City Park. After going through the mushroom-like main entrance, you find a museum dedicated to the history of music. From the beginning of music to the modern day via Gregorian chanting and Hungarian folk, the House of Music is a fascinating place. With a superb audio guide, and for just 1,000 forints (£2.25), it is well worth a visit.&lt;br&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Danny Baker&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  408.      <category domain="">Europe holidays</category>
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  411.      <pubDate>Fri, 12 Jan 2024 07:00:23 GMT</pubDate>
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  419.      <dc:creator>Guardian readers</dc:creator>
  420.      <dc:date>2024-01-12T07:00:23Z</dc:date>
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  423.      <title>Skiing without clutter: on the eco-friendly slopes of Slovenia’s Julian Alps</title>
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  425.      <description>&lt;p&gt;The Vogel-Bohinj ski area lets nature do the talking: billboards and snow cannons are banned, and cable cars and car parks are tucked away in woods&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Winding through Slovenia’s Julian Alps, it’s easy to miss the signs to the Vogel ski centre and carry on driving. The cable car and car park are concealed deep in woods above beautiful Lake Bohinj – a deliberate policy to keep the landscape free from tourist clutter and visible ski infrastructure. The result is one of the most natural skiing areas in Europe.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;From its hidden entrance in the woods, the cable car ascends to &lt;a href=""&gt;Vogel&lt;/a&gt; and the views open up: mountains soaring above, snowy churches below, and the deep blue lake dropping away beneath until it’s the size of a puddle.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  426.      <category domain="">Skiing holidays</category>
  427.      <category domain="">Slovenia holidays</category>
  428.      <category domain="">Ski resorts</category>
  429.      <category domain="">Europe holidays</category>
  430.      <category domain="">Green travel</category>
  431.      <category domain="">Travel</category>
  432.      <category domain="">Life and style</category>
  433.      <pubDate>Thu, 15 Feb 2024 07:00:03 GMT</pubDate>
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  436.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: Camilla Bell-Davies</media:credit>
  437.      </media:content>
  438.      <media:content width="460" url=";quality=85&amp;auto=format&amp;fit=max&amp;s=613d45cedf760737ccee47420aa2c39b">
  439.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: Camilla Bell-Davies</media:credit>
  440.      </media:content>
  441.      <dc:creator>Camilla Bell-Davies</dc:creator>
  442.      <dc:date>2024-02-15T07:00:03Z</dc:date>
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  445.      <title>100 years of Winter Olympic history: why Chamonix is still king of the slopes</title>
  446.      <link></link>
  447.      <description>&lt;p&gt;On the centenary of it hosting the first winter games, the French town has lost none of the allure felt by pioneering skiers, curlers and skaters&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;On a chilly winter’s day, exactly 100 years ago, four smartly dressed men boarded a train in Edinburgh. Willie Jackson and his son Laurence were both farmers, dapper Thomas Murray bred sheep and cattle, and portly Robin Welsh was a member of Edinburgh city council. At 54, he was a little older than his pals. They had deliberated for months about whether to make their journey, but in the end went for it, and what an adventure it turned out to be.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;They chugged to London, then on to Paris, before taking the 13-hour train to Chamonix. As the train wound its way through the snowy Alps, they alleviated the boredom by playing countless games of bridge. In the guard’s van were their curling stones.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  448.      <category domain="">Skiing holidays</category>
  449.      <category domain="">France holidays</category>
  450.      <category domain="">Travel</category>
  451.      <category domain="">Europe holidays</category>
  452.      <category domain="">Winter sports holidays</category>
  453.      <pubDate>Thu, 01 Feb 2024 07:00:45 GMT</pubDate>
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  455.      <media:content width="140" url=";quality=85&amp;auto=format&amp;fit=max&amp;s=e58d71a5c77e38bf7c13963e75f18b30">
  456.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: COUTTET, Auguste/©Musée Olympique Lausanne.</media:credit>
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  458.      <media:content width="460" url=";quality=85&amp;auto=format&amp;fit=max&amp;s=0559bb177973ac61758d1342e15d9238">
  459.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: COUTTET, Auguste/©Musée Olympique Lausanne.</media:credit>
  460.      </media:content>
  461.      <dc:creator>Jonathan Samuels</dc:creator>
  462.      <dc:date>2024-02-01T07:00:45Z</dc:date>
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  465.      <title>My eco-conscious skiing odyssey in the French Alps</title>
  466.      <link></link>
  467.      <description>&lt;p&gt;You can take it easy on the slopes of Tignes. But if you have a yearning to go higher, further and faster, this beautiful eco-friendly resort is hard to beat&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;‘You should be very proud,” said Chemmy Alcott, as my face smacked into thick snow for the third time and my goggles began to steam up with the exertion of constantly righting myself. “You’re one of the first 100 people to come through here this season. You’re flattening the trail, making it easier for everyone else.”&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Alcott, a one-time &lt;a href=";amp;sca_esv=596768218&amp;amp;rlz=1C5CHFA_enGB984GB984&amp;amp;biw=1402&amp;amp;bih=694&amp;amp;tbm=vid&amp;amp;ei=Y_6cZeXNMOnIhbIP7eGI4Ak&amp;amp;ved=0ahUKEwili7nF7M-DAxVpZEEAHe0wApwQ4dUDCA0&amp;amp;uact=5&amp;amp;oq=chemmy+alcott+olympic&amp;amp;gs_lp=Eg1nd3Mtd2l6LXZpZGVvIhVjaGVtbXkgYWxjb3R0IG9seW1waWMyBRAAGIAEMgYQABgWGB4yCxAAGIAEGIoFGIYDMgsQABiABBiKBRiGA0jCHVDwAljmFXAAeACQAQCYAXugAeEFqgEDOC4xuAEDyAEA-AEBwgILEAAYgAQYsQMYgwHCAgoQABiABBiKBRhDiAYB&amp;amp;sclient=gws-wiz-video#fpstate=ive&amp;amp;vld=cid:221dcc84,vid:Phz5Mqjkd0U,st:0"&gt;Olympic downhill ninja&lt;/a&gt; and now the effervescent co-host of the BBC’s Ski Sunday, had swung us into the &lt;a href=";amp;rlz=1C5CHFA_enGB984GB984&amp;amp;oq=Hidden+Valley+tignes&amp;amp;aqs=chrome.0.69i59j0i390i512i650l5j69i60.2830j0j7&amp;amp;sourceid=chrome&amp;amp;ie=UTF-8#fpstate=ive&amp;amp;vld=cid:6c0f5f16,vid:B2Ljjw10aFI,st:0"&gt;Hidden Valley&lt;/a&gt;, one of her secret showstoppers in the Tignes area, after delivering a warning. “This is off-piste,” she said, suddenly serious. “So you do this at your own risk.”&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  468.      <category domain="">France holidays</category>
  469.      <category domain="">Skiing holidays</category>
  470.      <category domain="">Winter sports holidays</category>
  471.      <category domain="">Travel</category>
  472.      <category domain="">Europe holidays</category>
  473.      <category domain="">Green travel</category>
  474.      <pubDate>Wed, 24 Jan 2024 07:00:01 GMT</pubDate>
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  476.      <media:content width="140" url=";quality=85&amp;auto=format&amp;fit=max&amp;s=259a7f36e0e3736b2076bbd89b69b6ce">
  477.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: Re-Action Collective</media:credit>
  478.      </media:content>
  479.      <media:content width="460" url=";quality=85&amp;auto=format&amp;fit=max&amp;s=ab048a67883d7b6c6498bf2baba18423">
  480.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: Re-Action Collective</media:credit>
  481.      </media:content>
  482.      <dc:creator>Andrew Gilchrist</dc:creator>
  483.      <dc:date>2024-01-24T07:00:01Z</dc:date>
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  486.      <title>Breathtaking: 24 secret beaches in southern Europe</title>
  487.      <link></link>
  488.      <description>&lt;p&gt;Dreaming of warm seas and quiet, sunny shores? Our travel writers pick their favourite beaches in Greece, Spain, France, Croatia, Italy and Portgual&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Seychelles, Ikaria&lt;br&gt;&lt;/strong&gt;One of Lonely Planet’s best-value destinations for 2024, the Blue Zone island of Ikaria is renowned for the longevity of its inhabitants. On an island dotted with spectacular coves, Seychelles beach, 15 miles west of the capital, Agios Kirikos, is still a major lure. It’s a steep scramble to reach the sand, which is indicated by a roughly painted arrow in the middle of the road near the remote port of Magganitis (itself famed for a taverna where they serve seafood fresh from the boat).&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  489.      <category domain="">Beach holidays</category>
  490.      <category domain="">Europe holidays</category>
  491.      <category domain="">Summer holidays</category>
  492.      <category domain="">Family holidays</category>
  493.      <category domain="">Travel</category>
  494.      <pubDate>Sat, 20 Jan 2024 07:00:53 GMT</pubDate>
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  497.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: Gatsi/Getty Images</media:credit>
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  499.      <media:content width="460" url=";quality=85&amp;auto=format&amp;fit=max&amp;s=96a75676a9443b54e83cbbea032d151e">
  500.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: Gatsi/Getty Images</media:credit>
  501.      </media:content>
  502.      <dc:creator>Sorrel Downer, Liz Boulter, Carolyn Boyd, Mary Novakovich, Audrey Gillan, Heidi Fuller-Love</dc:creator>
  503.      <dc:date>2024-01-20T07:00:53Z</dc:date>
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  506.      <title>Postcard from Bordighera: autumn sun on Italy’s Ligurian coast</title>
  507.      <link></link>
  508.      <description>&lt;p&gt;Extravagant villas, wonderful food, exotic gardens and a calm beach attracted British expats to Bordighera in the 1880s – and it’s just as enticing today&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Leaving my wife and daughter under a parasol on Bordighera’s beach, my teenage son and I set off in search of the largest &lt;em&gt;Ficus macrophylla&lt;/em&gt; in western Europe.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;The tree, commonly known as the strangler fig, was planted in 1886 by Clarence Bicknell, British botanist, collector, lover of Esperanto and chaplain of Bordighera’s Anglican church.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  509.      <category domain="">Italy holidays</category>
  510.      <category domain="">Europe holidays</category>
  511.      <category domain="">Beach holidays</category>
  512.      <category domain="">City breaks</category>
  513.      <category domain="">Food and drink</category>
  514.      <category domain="">Family holidays</category>
  515.      <category domain="">Travel</category>
  516.      <pubDate>Wed, 27 Sep 2023 06:00:50 GMT</pubDate>
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  519.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: Vito Arcomano Photography/Alamy</media:credit>
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  521.      <media:content width="460" url=";quality=85&amp;auto=format&amp;fit=max&amp;s=8cdeb5f16fe40fe3123c83d865388fb4">
  522.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: Vito Arcomano Photography/Alamy</media:credit>
  523.      </media:content>
  524.      <dc:creator>Jon Bryant</dc:creator>
  525.      <dc:date>2023-09-27T06:00:50Z</dc:date>
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  528.      <title>A family rail adventure in Sicily</title>
  529.      <link></link>
  530.      <description>&lt;p&gt;A family heads to Sicily and takes in Palermo, Catania and the circular narrow gauge railway around Mount Etna&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;It took the second thud to rouse me. Worried I’d slept through it, I slid up the blind to find our train pulling into the port city of Villa San Giovanni in Calabria, Italy. Not quite 6am, the last of the night’s sky was taking leave: navy clouds pulled apart before my eyes, a single neon-pink patch igniting the ridgeline of the Peloritani mountains in north-east Sicily.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;As I watched the waters of the Messina Strait turn silver in the dawn light, the train jerked and we began to roll the way we’d come. Shunted back and forth, I realised the carriages were uncoupling: this was the moment I’d waited years to witness. Little legs in pink pyjamas appeared on the ladder and my five-year-old daughter climbed down from her berth. “Are we riding on the ferry yet?”&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  531.      <category domain="">Sicily holidays</category>
  532.      <category domain="">Italy holidays</category>
  533.      <category domain="">Family holidays</category>
  534.      <category domain="">Europe holidays</category>
  535.      <category domain="">Public transport trips</category>
  536.      <category domain="">Travel</category>
  537.      <category domain="">Rail travel</category>
  538.      <pubDate>Sat, 09 Sep 2023 06:00:16 GMT</pubDate>
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  541.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: NAPA/Alamy</media:credit>
  542.      </media:content>
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  544.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: NAPA/Alamy</media:credit>
  545.      </media:content>
  546.      <dc:creator>Monisha Rajesh</dc:creator>
  547.      <dc:date>2023-09-09T06:00:16Z</dc:date>
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  550.      <title>Boards, bikes and hikes: my family adventure in West Cork, Ireland</title>
  551.      <link></link>
  552.      <description>&lt;p&gt;With surfing, e-biking, kayaking, hiking and history, we join an all-action family break around County Cork’s spectacular bays, headlands and beaches&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;At first, there is some fussing from my 10- and 12-year-old sons. “Will the water be too cold?”, “I don’t want to wear a wetsuit”, “Are there even any decent waves?”… But once their young surf instructor, Josh Mahony, appears with two boards under his arms and the kind of shoulders that suggest he could paddle south to Spain and back in his lunch break, there is only silence as they follow him into the waves.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Some hours later, having caught many waves including their first proper unbroken green ones – before today they’d only surfed more easily managed whitewater – it’s an effort to get them out.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  553.      <category domain="">Cork holidays</category>
  554.      <category domain="">Ireland holidays</category>
  555.      <category domain="">Europe holidays</category>
  556.      <category domain="">Family holidays</category>
  557.      <category domain="">Surfing holidays</category>
  558.      <category domain="">Canoeing and kayaking holidays</category>
  559.      <category domain="">Travel</category>
  560.      <pubDate>Wed, 16 Aug 2023 06:00:41 GMT</pubDate>
  561.      <guid></guid>
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  563.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: David Creedon</media:credit>
  564.      </media:content>
  565.      <media:content width="460" url=";quality=85&amp;auto=format&amp;fit=max&amp;s=c9f29f7637ed7e69744ce24940fef581">
  566.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: David Creedon</media:credit>
  567.      </media:content>
  568.      <dc:creator>Sam Haddad</dc:creator>
  569.      <dc:date>2023-08-16T06:00:41Z</dc:date>
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  572.      <title>I took my daughter to Greece – and saw the world through a 17-year-old’s eyes</title>
  573.      <link></link>
  574.      <description>&lt;p&gt;On our off-season break in Kos, we talk about friends, boys, college, and I realise one-on-one time is beneficial to our relationship and her wellbeing&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;‘Slipping through my fingers all the time / I try to capture every minute …,” mourns Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia! as we drive along a dusty road lined with goats and olive trees to Kefalos beach. I glance over at my girl – rosy cheeks, sun-kissed hair, phone glued to hand – and I’m overcome with emotion and involuntarily snort tears down my face.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;“Mum, are you actually crying?” laughs Lola. “You’re so soft!”&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  575.      <category domain="">Family holidays</category>
  576.      <category domain="">Greek Islands holidays</category>
  577.      <category domain="">Greece holidays</category>
  578.      <category domain="">Europe holidays</category>
  579.      <category domain="">Travel</category>
  580.      <category domain="">Family</category>
  581.      <category domain="">Life and style</category>
  582.      <pubDate>Sat, 29 Jul 2023 12:00:38 GMT</pubDate>
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  585.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: Maciej Czekajewski/Alamy</media:credit>
  586.      </media:content>
  587.      <media:content width="460" url=";quality=85&amp;auto=format&amp;fit=max&amp;s=1806cf3d7c69c80dd2b6a45479d70cd9">
  588.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: Maciej Czekajewski/Alamy</media:credit>
  589.      </media:content>
  590.      <dc:creator>Tracey Davies</dc:creator>
  591.      <dc:date>2023-07-29T12:00:38Z</dc:date>
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  594.      <title>Brora, the best British beach you’ve never heard of</title>
  595.      <link></link>
  596.      <description>&lt;p&gt;With great water sports, coastal walks, wildlife and an ice-cream parlour, this idyllic spot in Sutherland is the perfect hangout – and no one seems to know about it&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;br&gt;I was weaving through an underwater forest, russet strands of seaweed billowing around me like mermaids’ hair. As we snorkelled, the water was at times shallow enough that my fins scraped the sand; at others, the kelp-smothered rocks seemed to drop away, leaving the seabed out of reach. A flicker of movement in the corner of my eye had me spinning around to find my guide, Rhionna, pointing to a small, crimson-red sea anemone on a dark rock, its tentacles quivering in the current.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Afterwards, we sat in the shallows and peeled off our fins, moving back and forth with the motion of the waves. A cluster of bemused campervanners were watching from above. And who could blame them? Like them, I’d never associated the North Sea – least of all far northern Scotland – with snorkelling. “How was it?” one asked once I’d dripped my way up to the car park. “Absolutely brilliant,” I said, my cheeks strained from smiling.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  597.      <category domain="">Scotland holidays</category>
  598.      <category domain="">United Kingdom holidays</category>
  599.      <category domain="">Travel</category>
  600.      <category domain="">Europe holidays</category>
  601.      <category domain="">Water sports holidays</category>
  602.      <category domain="">Beach holidays</category>
  603.      <pubDate>Wed, 06 Sep 2023 07:21:47 GMT</pubDate>
  604.      <guid></guid>
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  606.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: Emma Gibbs</media:credit>
  607.      </media:content>
  608.      <media:content width="460" url=";quality=85&amp;auto=format&amp;fit=max&amp;s=80edcb4ea5ae6752671e7373e9874cb7">
  609.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: Emma Gibbs</media:credit>
  610.      </media:content>
  611.      <dc:creator>Emma Gibbs</dc:creator>
  612.      <dc:date>2023-09-06T07:21:47Z</dc:date>
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  615.      <title>10 of the best seawater swimming pools in the UK and Europe</title>
  616.      <link></link>
  617.      <description>&lt;p&gt;From the Canaries to Norway via Brittany and Scotland, these coastal havens offer safer sea swimming without the swell of waves&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Whether they are naturally formed, cast in concrete on a rock shelf or hewn from the rock itself, tidal pools solve a problem by providing safe access to the sea. Plunging into rich saltwater in a sheltered area protected from the turbulent waves, yet still refreshed by the tide twice a day, is an unfettered joy.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;The idea of &lt;a href="" title=""&gt;sea bathing&lt;/a&gt; for health benefits became popular in the mid-18th century, and sea pools were a way to offer easy access. Beyond this, tidal pools became important as social infrastructure: they serve as vital community spaces, like village greens, town halls and other places we meet and socialise. After having being left to the elements for years, in recent times many tidal pools are being bolstered by communities looking to restore, protect and manage them. These include the dramatic Saltcoats Bathing Pond in North Ayrshire.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  618.      <category domain="">Swimming holidays</category>
  619.      <category domain="">Beach holidays</category>
  620.      <category domain="">Europe holidays</category>
  621.      <category domain="">Life and style</category>
  622.      <category domain="">Swimming</category>
  623.      <category domain="">Travel</category>
  624.      <pubDate>Sat, 26 Aug 2023 06:00:31 GMT</pubDate>
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  627.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: Thibault Poriel</media:credit>
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  630.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: Thibault Poriel</media:credit>
  631.      </media:content>
  632.      <dc:creator>Chris Romer-Lee</dc:creator>
  633.      <dc:date>2023-08-26T06:00:31Z</dc:date>
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  636.      <title>The Var side: the quieter corner of the French Riviera</title>
  637.      <link></link>
  638.      <description>&lt;p&gt;The less-visited Var region of the Côte d’Azur is full of glorious beaches, heritage-rich towns and bucolic vineyards&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Saint-Tropez may be known for glitz, but a few miles along the coast, the very ground beneath my feet glitters like a jet-setter hotel. I’m in the Var department in south-eastern France, where the Maures massif meets the Mediterranean and the bedrock is mica schist, a flaky stone that sparkles in the Provençal sunshine (and also makes for great wine).&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;This particular glitz is the only thing this quiet region has in common with better-known stretches of the Côte d’Azur. A glance at a map shows why: in much of the Riviera the railway hugs the shore, but at Saint-Raphaël it loops inland, rejoining the coast at Toulon, 60 miles away. (Some say farmers refused to sell their land in the 1860s.) No rail access has meant fewer tourists, less development and, today, an area of green hills and coast dotted with small towns and quiet, even wild, beaches.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  639.      <category domain="">France holidays</category>
  640.      <category domain="">Beach holidays</category>
  641.      <category domain="">Food and drink</category>
  642.      <category domain="">Europe holidays</category>
  643.      <category domain="">Travel</category>
  644.      <category domain="">Summer holidays</category>
  645.      <pubDate>Sat, 12 Aug 2023 06:00:10 GMT</pubDate>
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  648.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: pr</media:credit>
  649.      </media:content>
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  651.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: pr</media:credit>
  652.      </media:content>
  653.      <dc:creator>Liz Boulter</dc:creator>
  654.      <dc:date>2023-08-12T06:00:10Z</dc:date>
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  656.    <item>
  657.      <title>Nine of the best budget holidays in Europe for young people</title>
  658.      <link></link>
  659.      <description>&lt;p&gt;From beach breaks to bear spotting, here are ideas for trips to inspire without breaking the bank. Plus, top tips for cutting costs on trips&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Hike hut&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;strong&gt;-to&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;strong&gt;-hut on Austria’s &lt;/strong&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Eagle&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;strong&gt;’s Way&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  660.      <category domain="">Budget travel</category>
  661.      <category domain="">Adventure travel</category>
  662.      <category domain="">Europe holidays</category>
  663.      <category domain="">Beach holidays</category>
  664.      <category domain="">City breaks</category>
  665.      <category domain="">Travel</category>
  666.      <pubDate>Sat, 01 Jul 2023 10:00:10 GMT</pubDate>
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  669.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: mauritius images GmbH/Alamy</media:credit>
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  672.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: mauritius images GmbH/Alamy</media:credit>
  673.      </media:content>
  674.      <dc:creator>Guardian writers</dc:creator>
  675.      <dc:date>2023-07-01T10:00:10Z</dc:date>
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  678.      <title>Riding high: combine surf and turf in south-west France</title>
  679.      <link></link>
  680.      <description>For an action-packed trip of beach breaks and mountain trails, head to France’s southern Atlantic coast&lt;p&gt;For a French holiday combining surf and Alpine turf without having to drive too far between destinations, head for southwest France. Hossegor, near Biarritz on the Atlantic coast, is the surf capital of France, and a destination for beginners and experts alike. Some 170km inland is the 19th-century spa resort of Luz-Saint-Sauveur, around 30km south of Lourdes in the Hautes-Pyrénées. The charming village makes a great base for exploring the mountains, on foot or, better still, by e-bike, as well as canyoning, whitewater rafting, horse riding or zip-lining.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;I came up with this solution for my own family holiday. Our sons wanted to surf and all four of us wanted to explore the outdoors in the Hautes-Pyrénées.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  681.      <category domain="">France holidays</category>
  682.      <category domain="">Beach holidays</category>
  683.      <category domain="">Surfing holidays</category>
  684.      <category domain="">Travel</category>
  685.      <category domain="">Life and style</category>
  686.      <category domain="">Europe holidays</category>
  687.      <category domain="">Walking holidays</category>
  688.      <pubDate>Sun, 25 Jun 2023 09:00:33 GMT</pubDate>
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  691.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: Paul64/Getty Images/iStockphoto</media:credit>
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  694.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: Paul64/Getty Images/iStockphoto</media:credit>
  695.      </media:content>
  696.      <dc:creator>Genevieve Fox</dc:creator>
  697.      <dc:date>2023-06-25T09:00:33Z</dc:date>
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  700.      <title>My kayaking adventure off Sweden: If Henry Moore had designed an archipelago, this would be it</title>
  701.      <link></link>
  702.      <description>&lt;p&gt;Our writer and his son head off to explore a Swedish archipelago by kayak – but the World Cup and worsening weather intervene&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;I think of it as the “adventure moment”: when the guide says goodbye; when the boat unexpectedly pulls up to the riverbank and the captain tells you to get off; when no one speaks any language you understand; when you have to call on your own resources. The adventure starts when there is no one to tell you what to do next.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;At the &lt;a href=""&gt;Kajaktiv Tjörn&lt;/a&gt; kayak centre on the Swedish island of Koön, my son Niall and I are about to have an adventure moment. We listen to the advice from the owner, Patrick. There is a bit about deteriorating weather three days ahead. I’m more concerned about where to wild camp tonight and getting a route marked on the map. Ahead lies the Bohuslän archipelago, a&amp;nbsp;vast pointillist masterpiece in smooth granite: thousands of islets and outcrops along the west coast of Sweden, some the size of an overturned kayak, others large enough to land a rescue helicopter.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  703.      <category domain="">Sweden holidays</category>
  704.      <category domain="">Canoeing and kayaking holidays</category>
  705.      <category domain="">Travel</category>
  706.      <category domain="">Europe holidays</category>
  707.      <category domain="">Scandinavia holidays</category>
  708.      <pubDate>Wed, 03 Jan 2024 07:00:15 GMT</pubDate>
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  711.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: Kevin Rushby</media:credit>
  712.      </media:content>
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  714.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: Kevin Rushby</media:credit>
  715.      </media:content>
  716.      <dc:creator>Kevin Rushby</dc:creator>
  717.      <dc:date>2024-01-03T07:00:15Z</dc:date>
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  720.      <title>I took on Europe’s toughest trek – Corsica’s spectacular GR20 – and came back changed for the better</title>
  721.      <link></link>
  722.      <description>&lt;p&gt;With a tent and little else our writer set off along the GR20, known as Europe’s toughest trek. It was an experience that sharpened the senses and offered rich rewards&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;How best to rejuvenate? Many opt for doing less: loafing, lounging, luxuriating. The problem with this is that modern life is lived mostly in the mind. Even if you don’t have a job that requires control of an inbox, the exhausting PR project of modern social interaction is inescapable. If you&amp;nbsp;simply stop working, the same processes still whir on, even if in the background. By contrast, actively &lt;em&gt;doing&lt;/em&gt; something entirely different, something requiring energy and devotion, draws voltage away from tired wires, lets them cool. That’s why I chose to do the GR20, the path that travels the length of Corsica. People call it the hardest trek in Europe, and that’s what I wanted: to descend from brain into body and restore myself through physical effort.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;On the map, the challenge didn’t seem too daunting. I simply needed to take a bag containing a tent and little else to Calenzana in the north of the island, walk 15km or so every day, and end up in Conca in the south roughly 12 days later.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  723.      <category domain="">Corsica holidays</category>
  724.      <category domain="">France holidays</category>
  725.      <category domain="">Europe holidays</category>
  726.      <category domain="">Climbing holidays</category>
  727.      <category domain="">Walking holidays</category>
  728.      <category domain="">Adventure travel</category>
  729.      <category domain="">Travel</category>
  730.      <pubDate>Tue, 02 Jan 2024 07:00:53 GMT</pubDate>
  731.      <guid></guid>
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  733.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: robertharding/Alamy</media:credit>
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  735.      <media:content width="460" url=";quality=85&amp;auto=format&amp;fit=max&amp;s=f78efefea0cd9413de950e58a989f95a">
  736.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: robertharding/Alamy</media:credit>
  737.      </media:content>
  738.      <dc:creator>James Gingell</dc:creator>
  739.      <dc:date>2024-01-02T07:00:53Z</dc:date>
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  742.      <title>My Greek sailing adventure: across the Ionian sea to Ithaca</title>
  743.      <link></link>
  744.      <description>&lt;p&gt;Islands and mainland towns south of Lefkada are perfect for a relaxed mooch between idyllic beaches and pretty port towns&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;There’s this place I know. It’s at the southern end of a flamingo-flanked canal winding through the wetlands that separate Lefkada from the Greek mainland. The canal is unremarkable, but bear with me. You cruise past the wading birds and the old guys fishing, through the channel markers, by a ruined Venetian fort. Look ahead, breathe it all in. This spot, for me, holds a promise of adventure.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;To port are the Acarnanian Mountains, looking barren and beautiful. Before you, the Ionian islands are lush and green from winter rain, their edges white with sand and lapped by turquoise sea. The sailing here is forgiving: the conditions are moderate, there’s a reliable afternoon breeze, shelter is plentiful and the water is as clear as glass.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  745.      <category domain="">Greece holidays</category>
  746.      <category domain="">Sailing holidays</category>
  747.      <category domain="">Europe holidays</category>
  748.      <category domain="">Travel</category>
  749.      <category domain="">Greek Islands holidays</category>
  750.      <category domain="">Adventure travel</category>
  751.      <pubDate>Mon, 01 Jan 2024 07:00:24 GMT</pubDate>
  752.      <guid></guid>
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  754.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: @Cat Vinton</media:credit>
  755.      </media:content>
  756.      <media:content width="460" url=";quality=85&amp;auto=format&amp;fit=max&amp;s=942091a0e60dd0f86e19504ec734ee69">
  757.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: @Cat Vinton</media:credit>
  758.      </media:content>
  759.      <dc:creator>Susan Smillie</dc:creator>
  760.      <dc:date>2024-01-01T07:00:24Z</dc:date>
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  763.      <title>I campervanned across Ireland alone – and climbed as many mountains as I could</title>
  764.      <link></link>
  765.      <description>&lt;p&gt;Soon after a painful separation, this traveller had to overcome fears of solitude – but the mountains, seas and bars she found helped her let go&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;br&gt;Voices outside the van woke me in the night. I lay still, my mind racing. There had been no one around when I parked at the end of a single track next to a wild beach. Campervanning alone as a woman was going to bring challenges, I knew, and sleeping in remote spots was high on the list of them.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Eventually an engine started, they drove off and there was silence. The next morning’s reward was a sunrise of shifting colours over a deserted beach in County Donegal – another new day all to myself to explore.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  766.      <category domain="">Ireland holidays</category>
  767.      <category domain="">Road trips</category>
  768.      <category domain="">Adventure travel</category>
  769.      <category domain="">Camping holidays</category>
  770.      <category domain="">Walking holidays</category>
  771.      <category domain="">Travel</category>
  772.      <category domain="">Europe holidays</category>
  773.      <pubDate>Sun, 31 Dec 2023 07:00:55 GMT</pubDate>
  774.      <guid></guid>
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  776.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: Nicola Bennett</media:credit>
  777.      </media:content>
  778.      <media:content width="460" url=";quality=85&amp;auto=format&amp;fit=max&amp;s=6ac2a76d297478f1d168e430ca887377">
  779.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: Nicola Bennett</media:credit>
  780.      </media:content>
  781.      <dc:creator>Nicola Bennett</dc:creator>
  782.      <dc:date>2023-12-31T07:00:55Z</dc:date>
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  785.      <title>In the Greek midwinter: hiking around the Vikos gorge, Greece’s ‘Grand Canyon’</title>
  786.      <link></link>
  787.      <description>&lt;p&gt;Deep snow, icy pools and cosy hotels in timeless stone villages … this is a magical time in Zagori and Greece’s mountainous north&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;“Daisy,” I say, eyeing the snowy peaks rising heroically before us. “I’ve a feeling we’re not at sea level any more.” The little terrier sniffs at a biting cold wind. Imposing peaks called the Towers of Astraka dwarf the small hamlet of Papigo, which is perched at roughly 1,000 metres and reached by a road of hairpin turns.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;The 2,400-metre ridges are part of the Tymfi massif in the mighty Pindus mountains, which extend south-east like a sturdy backbone from Albania to central Greece. We’re in Zagori in northern Greece: known as “the place behind the mountains”, it has been nominated for Unesco cultural landscape status, and it’s easy to see why. A scattering of tiny traditional towns cling to slopes and teeter over gorges, all linked by ancient pathways and lovely old stone bridges. And today, it’s Christmas-cake white.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  788.      <category domain="">Greece holidays</category>
  789.      <category domain="">Europe holidays</category>
  790.      <category domain="">Walking holidays</category>
  791.      <category domain="">Winter walks</category>
  792.      <category domain="">Travel</category>
  793.      <category domain="">Walking</category>
  794.      <category domain="">Life and style</category>
  795.      <pubDate>Sat, 23 Dec 2023 11:00:23 GMT</pubDate>
  796.      <guid></guid>
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  798.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: Wolfgang Hainzl</media:credit>
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  801.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: Wolfgang Hainzl</media:credit>
  802.      </media:content>
  803.      <dc:creator>Susan Smillie</dc:creator>
  804.      <dc:date>2023-12-23T11:00:23Z</dc:date>
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  807.      <title>Faroe Islands farmers charge a fee to access beauty spots as visitor numbers soar</title>
  808.      <link></link>
  809.      <description>&lt;p&gt;A tourism boom to the North Atlantic islands, fuelled by social media, has resulted in some landowners taking measures to get a share of the revenues&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;The first snows have fallen on the sharp ridge below the 700-metre summit of Víkartindur. Walking the village path towards Saksun, we looked across to the ridge of peaks that run along the spine of the neighbouring island of Eysturoy. The jagged landscape was bathed in golden winter light and in the distance the Atlantic was a giant silvered mirror.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;We saw no one else on the eight-mile walk, just a few white mountain hares darting among the rocks. As it is hunting season, my &lt;a href=""&gt;local guide&lt;/a&gt;, Høgni Reistrup, had checked with local farmers that no one would be shooting where we were walking. Hiring a guide makes sense on these steep slopes where the weather is notoriously changeable, and mists can descend quickly.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  810.      <category domain="">Faroe Islands holidays</category>
  811.      <category domain="">Faroe Islands</category>
  812.      <category domain="">Walking holidays</category>
  813.      <category domain="">Scandinavia holidays</category>
  814.      <category domain="">Europe holidays</category>
  815.      <category domain="">Travel</category>
  816.      <category domain="">World news</category>
  817.      <category domain="">Travel &amp; leisure</category>
  818.      <pubDate>Wed, 29 Nov 2023 07:00:33 GMT</pubDate>
  819.      <guid></guid>
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  821.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: Yannik Photography/Alamy</media:credit>
  822.      </media:content>
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  824.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: Yannik Photography/Alamy</media:credit>
  825.      </media:content>
  826.      <dc:creator>Tim Ecott</dc:creator>
  827.      <dc:date>2023-11-29T07:00:33Z</dc:date>
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  830.      <title>How taking up running changed the way I travel</title>
  831.      <link></link>
  832.      <description>&lt;p&gt;Learning to run was inspirational, but it has also changed my approach to travelling, which is now based on staying near green spaces and beautiful places to jog&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Riga’s Kronvalda Park had taken on a Christmas-card look with icicles hanging from trees and the canal frozen solid. It was minus 14C so I’d lost the feeling in my hands but I ran on, crunching through the snow, avoiding black-ice patches and taking corners slowly.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;“If you can walk on it, you can run on it,” was the motto I’d adopted. The park linked easily to other surrounding gardens, all ringed with theatres, kiosks, statues and churches, making for a scenic jog. I had been running for 40 minutes and soon I’d be back at my hotel, overlooking Vērmane Garden, in time for breakfast – Rīga’s famous sprats on dark rye bread – and a hot shower.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  833.      <category domain="">Running holidays</category>
  834.      <category domain="">Adventure travel</category>
  835.      <category domain="">Europe holidays</category>
  836.      <category domain="">Travel</category>
  837.      <category domain="">Running</category>
  838.      <category domain="">Life and style</category>
  839.      <pubDate>Tue, 31 Oct 2023 07:00:36 GMT</pubDate>
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  842.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: PeopleImages/Getty Images</media:credit>
  843.      </media:content>
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  845.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: PeopleImages/Getty Images</media:credit>
  846.      </media:content>
  847.      <dc:creator>Caroline Eden</dc:creator>
  848.      <dc:date>2023-10-31T07:00:36Z</dc:date>
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  851.      <title>Every witch way: a spooky walk in Germany’s Harz mountains</title>
  852.      <link></link>
  853.      <description>&lt;p&gt;This 60-mile trail through northern Germany takes in eerie folklore, industrial heritage and forests recovering from a devastating pest&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;The inscription on the wooden shelter where I stopped to eat my &lt;em&gt;Käsebrötchen&lt;/em&gt; made quite the pledge. “Wanderer,” it said (at least, according to Google translate), “I protect you from wind and weather, a saviour from evil hands.” Extreme? Perhaps – but you need that sort of promise when loitering with cheese rolls in these spooky parts.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;A hut was first built on this spot as a rest stop for medieval donkey drivers shifting goods from the nearby town of Osterode to the mines of northern Germany’s &lt;a href=""&gt;Harz Mountains&lt;/a&gt;. Today this newer building performs the same function, but for hikers – like me – following the Harzer Hexen-Stieg (Harz Witches’ Trail).&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  854.      <category domain="">Germany holidays</category>
  855.      <category domain="">Europe holidays</category>
  856.      <category domain="">Walking holidays</category>
  857.      <category domain="">Walking</category>
  858.      <category domain="">Life and style</category>
  859.      <category domain="">Travel</category>
  860.      <category domain="">Folklore and mythology</category>
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  862.      <pubDate>Sat, 28 Oct 2023 10:00:12 GMT</pubDate>
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  870.      <dc:creator>Sarah Baxter</dc:creator>
  871.      <dc:date>2023-10-28T10:00:12Z</dc:date>
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  874.      <title>‘A Yellowstone for Europe’: Romania’s ambition for a vast new wilderness reserve</title>
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  876.      <description>&lt;p&gt;A project to create Europe’s largest forested national park aims to protect 200,000 hectares of wilderness as well as boost ecotourism in support of local communities&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Up on the hill we spy them: dark, imposing forms moving through the dense forest. It’s a group of bison wandering wild in Romania’s Făgăraș mountains. I stand silently with my guide Răzvan Dumitrache as the animals graze.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;This area of Transylvania, at the southern edge of the Carpathian mountains, is among the wildest places in Europe. Brown bears, wolves and lynx roam the forested hillsides – and bison were recently reintroduced after a 200-year absence as part of the work of &lt;a href="" title=""&gt;Foundation Conservation Carpathia&lt;/a&gt;. FCC’s ambitions are not small: it aims to create the continent’s largest forested national park. A 200,000- hectare (500,000-acre) wilderness reserve. A Yellowstone for Europe.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  878.      <category domain="">Wildlife holidays</category>
  879.      <category domain="">Walking holidays</category>
  880.      <category domain="">Green travel</category>
  881.      <category domain="">Europe holidays</category>
  882.      <category domain="">Travel</category>
  883.      <pubDate>Sun, 22 Oct 2023 06:00:08 GMT</pubDate>
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  886.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: Jack Wolfskin</media:credit>
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  889.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: Jack Wolfskin</media:credit>
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  891.      <dc:creator>Jane Dunford</dc:creator>
  892.      <dc:date>2023-10-22T06:00:08Z</dc:date>
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  895.      <title>A taste of Spain’s sunshine coast: a foodie tour of Costa de la Luz</title>
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  897.      <description>&lt;p&gt;The coast around Cadiz is enjoying a foodie revolution, thanks to a growing number of cool and innovative beach restaurants&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;The Basques have Juan Mari and Elena &lt;a href="" title=""&gt;Arzak&lt;/a&gt;, the Catalans &lt;a href="" title=""&gt;Ferran Adrià&lt;/a&gt;, and Andalucía has “el Chef del Mar” Ángel León – chefs who have put their region’s cuisine on the world food map.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;The 46-year-old León is a celebrity in Spain. His fascination with sea rice and fish scales and his restaurant &lt;a href="" title=""&gt;Aponiente&lt;/a&gt; in El Puerto de Santa María have attracted attention to the Costa de la Luz. It is the only restaurant in Andalucía to hold three Michelin stars and has made people think again about the town on the Cádiz coast that, until recently, could best be described as “faded”.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  899.      <category domain="">Spain holidays</category>
  900.      <category domain="">Europe holidays</category>
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  902.      <category domain="">Restaurants</category>
  903.      <category domain="">Travel</category>
  904.      <category domain="">Spanish food and drink</category>
  905.      <category domain="">Food</category>
  906.      <pubDate>Sat, 26 Aug 2023 10:00:35 GMT</pubDate>
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  909.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: Josep Gallardo</media:credit>
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  914.      <dc:creator>Sorrel Downer</dc:creator>
  915.      <dc:date>2023-08-26T10:00:35Z</dc:date>
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  918.      <title>‘The star was the teriyaki oxtail doughnut’: readers’ favourite restaurants and tapas bars in Spain</title>
  919.      <link></link>
  920.      <description>&lt;p&gt;From a farm restaurant near Santiago de Compostela to a veggie-friendly Málaga diner, our tipsters share their gastronomic Spanish finds&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;If I had to recommend one place to eat tapas in Spain, it’s &lt;a href=""&gt;Bar Poë&lt;/a&gt; in Granada, not only for the food, but for the atmosphere. It’s always bustling (come early to guarantee a seat) with a local and international crowd. Run by a friendly husband-and-wife duo, every drink comes with a free dish, and, unusually, you can choose your tapa. International and big on flavour, the menu includes Portuguese piri piri dishes, salt cod, curries and more. &lt;br&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Jason Rich&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  925.      <category domain="">Top 10s</category>
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  927.      <pubDate>Fri, 25 Aug 2023 10:00:07 GMT</pubDate>
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  936.      <dc:date>2023-08-25T10:00:07Z</dc:date>
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  939.      <title>I ventured out of busy central Berlin – and it rose to the occasion</title>
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  941.      <description>&lt;p&gt;As the city grapples with over-tourism, a new initiative aims to promote its lesser-visited outer reaches, where a mix of funky culture, historic gems and untamed greenery awaits&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt; &lt;/strong&gt;&lt;br&gt;“A cable car? Here in Berlin?” The man cooking my burger at &lt;a href=""&gt;Piri’s&lt;/a&gt; – a self-proclaimed dive bar diner in Neukölln, an inner-city neighbourhood in the south-east of the city - is sceptical. “Yeah,” says his Kiwi colleague. “My parents did it. There’s a garden or something.”&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Both cooks have lived here for upwards of 10 years. They refer to Neukölln, affectionately, as “the ghetto”, seemingly oblivious to the presence of an 18th-century castle, &lt;a href=""&gt;Schloss Britz&lt;/a&gt;, and the 220 lush acres of &lt;a href=""&gt;Britzer Garten&lt;/a&gt; in the vicinity – let alone the cable car, in the north-eastern district of Marzahn, a 45-minute train ride away.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  948.      <category domain="">Holocaust</category>
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  950.      <category domain="">Restaurants</category>
  951.      <pubDate>Thu, 24 Aug 2023 06:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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  954.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: Alamy</media:credit>
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  957.        <media:credit scheme="urn:ebu">Photograph: Alamy</media:credit>
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  959.      <dc:creator>Sarah Rodrigues</dc:creator>
  960.      <dc:date>2023-08-24T06:00:00Z</dc:date>
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  963.      <title>35 of the best restaurants in Europe</title>
  964.      <link></link>
  965.      <description>&lt;p&gt;From Ireland to Italy, our local writers reveal their favourite places to eat across the continent &lt;br&gt;&lt;strong&gt;&lt;a href=""&gt;Felicity Cloake: ‘Discovering a great restaurant can make a trip’&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/strong&gt; &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Jah Izakaya and Sake Bar, Copenhagen&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;strong&gt;&lt;br&gt;&lt;/strong&gt;Japanese and Korean restaurants are taking over Copenhagen at the moment, &lt;a href="" title=""&gt;fusing New Nordic philosophies&lt;/a&gt; with the food of east Asia. Opened in 2018, Jah Izakaya, on a street near the meatpacking district, is an unpretentious, fun and inviting Japanese-inspired gastropub. It serves &lt;em&gt;gyoza&lt;/em&gt;, &lt;em&gt;tonkatsu&lt;/em&gt;, Danish squid and a fabulous beef car&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  967.      <category domain="">Food and drink</category>
  968.      <category domain="">Restaurants</category>
  969.      <category domain="">Europe holidays</category>
  970.      <pubDate>Sat, 20 May 2023 06:00:50 GMT</pubDate>
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  978.      <dc:creator>Guardian Staff</dc:creator>
  979.      <dc:date>2023-05-20T06:00:50Z</dc:date>
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