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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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Monarch Guide to Turkey: hiking, climbing and rambling

Cappadocia

If you itch for an active holiday, Turkey could be ideal for you. Between its long coast, which skirts three sides of the country, and its highest peak (the volcanic Mount Ararat) you’ll find just the right terrain for a hike, climb or ramble to suit you. Turquoise Coast This glittering stretch of coast is a firm favourite for […]

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Holiday escapes for families of all shapes

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No two families are the same – and no two holidays are alike, so I’ve put together my own list of great get-away ideas for families of all shapes and sizes. Travelling with little ones A change of scene is life-restoring for parents who’ve been cocooned at home with young children. But remember, your infant or toddler’s first trip […]

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Tarifa – a Spanish ‘costa’ free from crowds

Tarifa

The Costa del Sol was once a sunlover’s paradise, but now it’s hard to find even a small square of that Mediterranean coast to yourself. But go west from the overrun resorts of Torremolinos and Marbella, swing around Spain’s southernmost tip, and you’ll find yourself on a fresh stretch of coast facing the Atlantic. This is the Costa de […]

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You’ll Take the High Road and I’ll Take the Low Road – Beaches Vs. Mountains

Troodos Mountains

We’re all living for our next holiday – at least we can agree on that. But while you may dream of swaying palms and white sands, I’ll be humming something from the Sound of Music. Shall we go our separate ways or can a destination offer the best of both worlds? Let us know what you think, but for […]

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What to do with dad on Father’s Day

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Whenever I ask my dad what he wants for Father’s Day (or his birthday or Christmas, for that matter) he says: “Give me a liquorice stick!” Although my dad is really quite fond of liquorice, I’m guessing that what he really wants is to spend a great day with his family – and perhaps to get a little bit […]

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Majorca vs Menorca

Monarch Majorca Palma Cathedral

After an afternoon in the sun and a pina colada or two, it’s easy enough to confuse the two biggest of Spain’s Balearic Islands. Majorca and Menorca sit side by side in the western Mediterranean Sea, and each gives an equally warm welcome to Britain’s sunseekers. Majorca is the bigger island by far, but Menorca matches it in sizzling […]

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Age is just a number

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30 is the new 20, 50 is the new 40… there’s no such thing as ‘growing old gracefully’ in the 21st Century! Still, with phrases like ‘you’re too young for that’ and – more importantly – ‘I’m far too old for that,’ still being bandied about, we think it’s important to remind ourselves from time to time that age […]

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