holiday

  • I was a Dubai doubter – but found things there to love

    Some marriages are made in heaven, others in the land of square pegs and round holes, of chalk and cheese. Dubai and me – that’s us.

  • 20 of the best walking holidays for 2023

    Slow travel, wellness travel, green travel, flight-free travel, sustainable travel, authentic travel – so many buzzwords, so many seemingly disparate themes. Yet you could cover all those bases in one fell – or, rather, fells – swoop. Just take a hike.

  • The Swiss polo tournament for the super-rich – where the energy crisis doesn't seem to exist

    “To become a millionaire in snow polo, you have to be a billionaire first,” Katja Grauwiler said as we entered the VIP viewing area of the 2023 Snow Polo World Cup in St Moritz. In the sloping stands, well-heeled – or should I say well-furred – guests quaffed glasses of Perrier Jouet as they politely cheered on teams playing against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains.

  • The strikes that could ruin your holiday – our calendar of travel chaos

    We are becoming all too familiar with strikes impacting our everyday lives, but you may not have considered how upcoming industrial action could also throw your holiday plans into disarray. The likes of passport officers and museum workers have walked out in recent weeks, and even getting to the airport can prove a challenge with ongoing rail strikes.

  • The best spa hotels in Manchester

    Manchester’s energy is infectious, whether you’re soaking up the atmosphere at one of the city’s many festivals, people-watching in a cool coffee shop or exploring one of its buzzing neighbourhoods. But, sometimes, on an action-packed city break you need to take some time out too. There are plenty of tempting spas to retreat to in the city’s hotels, with tranquil relaxation areas, invigorating massages and even an infinity spa pool overlooking the city skyline. Here’s our pick of the best spa ho

  • The holidays guaranteed to make you smarter

    What did you learn on your last holiday? For a growing number of travellers, letting that precious annual leave slip away in a suntan lotion-scented haze of trashy novels, piña coladas and lie-ins no longer cuts it. Instead, they aim to return home brimming with new-found knowledge, perhaps having participated in an archaeological dig or swotted up on astronomy with some world-renowned experts.

  • The best ski resorts for a short break – and why this is the winter to book one

    After a rocky start it looks as though we are in for an excellent season in the Alps. December and early January were far too warm for all but the highest resorts. But, since then the weather has turned much colder, and as we head into February there has been snowfall across the entire region and more slopes are opening daily.

  • More slopes open despite lack of new snow – here are the resorts with the best conditions

    Snow reports from ski resorts in Europe are split this week, with fresh snow falling in Austria and across the Eastern Alps, but the weather remaining dry and sunny, although still cold, in France and the west.

  • The fascinating story of London’s lost palace of luxury

    On the north bank of the Thames, right beside Cleopatra’s Needle (with its sphinxes that face the wrong way), there’s an Art Deco treasure. Unveiled in 1931, Shell Mex House, the former London headquarters of Shell-Mex and BP, is an imposing masterpiece, boasting 49,900 square metres of floor space and crowned with the biggest clock face in London (wags dubbed it “Big Benzene”).

  • The best Gran Canaria resorts

    Lagoon-like pools twinkling in the shadow of rustling palm trees, crisp volcanic wines served alongside fresh-seafood lunches, drift-right-off spas gazing out on the deep-blue Atlantic – this is just a taste of what’s in store at sun-drenched Gran Canaria’s tempting, switched-on resorts. The third-largest of Spain’s Canary Islands is a joy, with winter temperatures climbing to around 20 degrees and a mountainous, verdant interior that feels worlds away from the rippling southern dunes. But it’s

  • Visitors thought Shrewsbury was like Middle Earth for years – but now it’s a different story

    A dark-skies morning in Shrewsbury and I’m admiring a bust with a £16.99 price tag and an inscription: “The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.” Both bust and quote belong to Charles Darwin, the naturalist who was born in the Shropshire town in 1809, but the plastic effigy of the local lad done good turns out to be a best-selling item at a most unlikely location.

  • Where did it all go wrong for Eurostar?

    St Pancras International station is a study in positive cross-Channel relations. Walk through its vast, immaculate halls on a Friday night and you’ll witness French couples straight from the Eurostar, browsing slick designer shops while their English counterparts make for the boarding gates to do the same at the other end.

  • The forgotten story of London’s lost Versailles

    The Duke of Wellington’s nephew has plenty to answer for. Were it not for William Wellesley-Pole’s rakish ways, east London might have a stately home – perhaps even a royal palace – to rival Versailles.

  • Gone but not forgotten: My visit to the fastest eroding coast in Europe

    Seventy years ago at the end of this month a storm surge in the North Sea caused devastation along the east coasts of Scotland and England (as well as parts of the Netherlands and Belgium). As floodwaters overwhelmed sea defences – notably on Canvey Island in Essex – hundreds of people were killed and many houses swept away.

  • European Capitals of Culture you’ve probably never heard of

    Introduced in 1985 with the noble aim of bringing our continent closer together, the European Capital of Culture scheme offered few early surprises. That year saw Athens bestowed the title (the birthplace of democracy, a fair choice), the following year it was Florence’s turn (the birthplace of the Renaissance, understandable), then came Amsterdam, Berlin and Paris.

  • Are we seeing the slow death of Britain’s regional airports?

    Back in 2018, Telegraph Travel proclaimed a renaissance for Britain’s regional airports, highlighting rising passenger numbers at many of our smaller hubs and the arrival of some bold new routes, such as Manchester to Seattle, Birmingham to New York, Edinburgh to Abu Dhabi, Glasgow to Vancouver, Leeds-Bradford to Seville and Liverpool to Pula.

  • The worst airline names of all time, from Turdus to Bonza

    A new entry into the pantheon of dodgy airline names has taken to the skies. Bonza, an Australian low-cost carrier with a business model likened to Ryanair, flew from its its Sunshine Coast base to the Whitsundays on Tuesday using a 737-8 Max christened ‘Shazza’. Dubbed the “bogan” airline, the inaugural service featured hotdogs on the in-flight menu and plenty of purple budgie smugglers.

  • Farewell to the 747: End of an era as Boeing waves goodbye to its last jumbo jet

    There are certain numbers that, over time, have become so linked to a specific subject or message that they carry their meaning far beyond their bare digits. They transcend maths and statistics, so heavy with connotation that what they refer to doesn’t need to be spelled out in words. It is there in your head immediately. You understand as quickly as you hear.

  • Seven British roads rich in history and beauty

    Away from the not-so-Smart motorways and commuter belts, the UK has some superb high roads and slow lanes, rewarding not only because of the landscapes and sights they uncover, but also because of the stories they tell. Here are seven worth exploring.

  • Will more airlines follow Flybe into the history books?

    It was a genuine case of déjà vu when Flybe cancelled all its flights and went into administration over the weekend. It left nearly 2,500 people stranded on Saturday and about 75,000 with worthless tickets for future dates. A similar thing had happened in 2020, just as the early stages of the pandemic were beginning to affect bookings.

  • Six tips for travelling with a baby or toddler

    Even for the most seasoned traveller, taking your first trip as a new family can be a daunting prospect. There’s so much to think about before you even set off that some, myself included, may wonder if it would be easier to stay at home.

  • The proud region of France where the dream of monarchy lives on

    Wouldn’t you just know it? The cat is among les pigeons once again in France as, encore and encore, they re-fight the French revolution. You might have thought that they had enough on their plate, with the entire nation on strike for the right to retire immediately after A-levels are done. But no. A much older conflict has resurfaced this week with the opening of what, at first sight, seems a straightforward swashbuckling movie.

  • How strikes in France will affect your ski holiday – everything you need to know

    Tour operators and ski resorts are assuring British skiers that planned strike action among ski lift operators, taking place today, is likely to be a “non-event,” saying lifts are running as normal and any closures have gone unnoticed.

  • Who can be bothered to exercise on holiday? Not the British, it seems

    People of Britain, it’s time to stand up and be counted!

  • The 10 signs you’re a middle-class travel snob

    The jet age projected glamour, but also enabled the working classes to join the British bourgeoisie and visit Spain and Portugal, the USA and Australia.

  • The story of France’s greatest hotel – where Burton and Taylor had an affair and Picasso was a regular

    This article is destined for the well-bred, the well-heeled and the cultured among readers. That includes almost everybody, so we all know that, right now, we should be on the French Riviera. It’s where British people of quality spent the winter months from the late 18th century through to the mid-20th – and later than that for the brighter among them.