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Madeira’s 5 best kept secrets

Madeira Funchal Fireworks

1. Madeira rivals the Canaries for sunshine breaks Madeira, Porto Santo, Desertas, Selvagem – the four islands that make up the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira don’t trip off sunseekers’ tongues as readily as Tenerife, Gran Canaria or Lanzarote. But the islands of Madeira are less than 400km north of the Canaries and enjoy a similar (if slightly less scorching) […]

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Could the Canaries offer a cure for the winter blues?

Hiking in Tenerife

After a rather unpredictable summer, the recent heavy rainfall and gale force winds have left us in no doubt that we’re in for a typical British winter. For many of us, the colder weather and shorter days can bring on a mild form of depression, with 17% of Brits admitting to suffering from ‘winter blues’.  Sunlight and exercise are […]

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Escape to Turkey with the kids this autumn

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Autumn reveals Turkey’s mellow side. Summer’s scorching days are over, but top temperatures still hover around the high teens to mid-20s, making it easier on little ones who are easily exhausted in the heat. Even better, the biggest throngs of tourists have headed home, so getting around is simpler, and cheap flights and deals on accommodation are plentiful. During […]

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Guest post: 5 great destinations for late summer sun

Monarch Barcelona Park Guell

If you’ve not yet escaped our grey nation but are still keen to catch some rays before the onset of autumn, there are plenty of destinations within four hours of most UK airports where the sun continues to shine in October for much of the day. Granted, it may not be warm enough to spend hours baking on the […]

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Step into the magical world of Venice

Regata Storica Venice

Come September, there’s nowhere I’d rather be. Visiting Venice, even for a weekend, is like stepping into another world. In fact, its one-of-a-kind atmosphere makes it one of the best European city breaks within easy reach (Venice flights are just 2–2.5 hours from the UK). I’m fresh from my own whirlwind weekend in Venice, where I picked up these […]

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Which Costa is right for me?

Costa Blanca

They’re the three great mainstays for beach holidays in mainland Spanish: the Costa Brava, Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol. Each is a beautiful coast in its own right, but is it the right one for you? Here’s the lowdown on each Costa, to help make choosing your next sunshine break simple: 1. Costa Brava The Costa Brava was […]

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City breaks your children will love

Pizza in Venice

My sister-in-law is an urban sophisticate, and loves exploring the world’s cities in style. So when she set off on an all-inclusive package holiday to Ibiza this summer – with flip-flops, bucket and spade – it wasn’t exactly her ideal break. But her two primary-school age children had the time of their lives. It made me wonder whether parents really […]

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Follow the sun – 2012’s hot destinations

Spain

Let’s face facts. If we Brits want a proper summer in 2012, we’ll have to seek it abroad. That accepted, here’s the tricky bit: choosing a destination in just the right shade of summer for you. While it’s easy to find the world’s highest highs (in Kuwait City and Ahvaz, Iran), 46°C and rising isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. […]

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Hidden Rome – neglected treasures of the Eternal City

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Rome swelters in August – and it’s packed with tourists too. So it’s a perfect time to slip away from the crowds and get a down-home sense of this city. While you won’t want to miss Rome’s big draws, add a couple of the city’s more secluded corners to your itinerary, and discover its quirky and quiet sides: 1. […]

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The best wild swims abroad

Wild swims

Wild swimming in natural lakes, rivers and beaches has always held a kind of free-spirited appeal. Just think  of diving into a clear blue lagoon – bliss! Ever since the comedian David Walliams swam 140 miles of the Thames for Sport Relief, interest in wild swimming has rocketed in the UK. So much so that a new by-law has […]

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