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Guest post: 5 great destinations for late summer sun

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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

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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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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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