Aalborg, Denmark’s fourth-largest city, is the sort of out-of-the-way port of call that makes a wonderful discovery for cruise passengers. Set at the narrowest point of the Limfjord (the waterway separating northernmost Denmark from the rest of the Jutland peninsula) it's a charming town of cobbled streets, cultural landmarks and Viking history.
As a famously energetic city, with a notoriously indulgent nightlife and slew of youthful activities, Berlin inevitably appeals to younger visitors. Its hostel infrastructure has developed accordingly, with hotspots like The Circus, Generator and Grand Hostel mixing up the city’s penchant for design and urban buzz with low prices and sociable events. For a quieter backpacker experience, try the East Seven, while the quintessential Berlin experience can perhaps be found at the Hüttenpalast, which offers DIY alpine huts and caravans inside a former courtyard factory.
Scientists have come up with an unlikely way to restore marine life to a Thai beach that's been ravaged by overtourism: superglue.
Be it budget-smart lifestyle venues, conference-centre crash-pads or chic five-star palaces, hotels in Paris understand how to take care of busy people on the go. For FTSE 100 CEOs, digital nomads and millennial office drones alike, a new generation of exciting business hotels in the French capital are breaking through the corporate clutter with designer co-working lounges, liberating meeting venues, healthy food and drink on tap 24/7, and creative high- and low-tech play.
Are you happy? Everything good? How about your family? – what could be the start of a therapy session elsewhere is a greeting in Marrakech – hospitality has been practised and perfected for a millennium at this desert trading post and now serves tourists well, particularly in the city’s boutique accommodation. In these intimate properties, you’ll enjoy the true artfulness of a Moroccan welcome amid stylish settings brimming with character. Food, too, is a highlight feature in a town used to welcoming hungry travellers that have journeyed across vast deserts.
Our rich and noble forebears flocked south to the Riviera capital, for the sun, unbounded friskiness and the sensuous curve of the Bay of Angels. Queen Victoria befriended Sarah Bernhardt there. And, when dying in Britain, she – the queen – allegedly gasped: “If only I were in Nice, I’d get better.” I’ve no doubt she was right. Today, the city has just as much to offer – culture, good food and festivity are in the city's genes. And it’s still pulling in artists and high-rollers.
Staying in a small, stylish hotel adds something special to a stay in Madrid as you have a more personal, insider experience. My recommendations include those with the best rooftop bars, restaurants and spas. Some have the atmosphere of a private club, providing a haven from the frantic city vibe. All are centrally located in smart neighbourhoods, such as Salamanca and Salesas – with plenty of shops and places to eat and drink – or are near the Retiro park and the Prado museum.
An expert guide to the most romantic hotels in the UK – from lavish country piles to spa hotels and sumptuous city boutiques – including the best for rooms with antique furnishings, rolltop baths and four-poster beds, Michelin-starred restaurants, private gardens and cosy bars, in London, the Cotswolds, Berkshire, Hampshire, Scotland, York, Bath, the Lake District, Devon, Cornwall, Wales, Brighton, Dorset, Somerset and Manchester.
Sweden’s second largest city is certainly not content to play second fiddle. This lively major port buzzes around its lifeblood harbour and the canals that dot it too. Gothenburg is very much on a human scale with myriad art galleries and museums tempting cruise ship passengers, chief amongst them the massive Volvo Museum. This is the proud home of Volvo after all.
Poor chalet hosts – they're some of the hardest working people in any ski resort, cooking and cleaning for expectant guests every day with only the prospect of snatching an hour here or there on the mountain for sustenance.
With a lifestyle that seems to revolve around eating out three times a day, and Australia’s eye-watering costs, Melbourne can be budget busting. But if you’re happy to self-cater there are great produce markets to make use of, and there’s also plenty of things to do that cost very little. Most museums offer free entry to their permanent collections, laneways are brimming with street art and historic neighbourhoods seem purpose made for strolling. Parks and gardens for picnicing are plentiful, trams are free within the CBD and the inner neighbourhoods are cycling heaven, with an extensive network of bike paths and an enthusiastic riding community.
I can tell you the exact moment in my life that I was happiest: I was sitting in a truck with my parents, my husband and my children, and everyone was arguing.
Some four and a half years ago, I climbed into rental a car on a warm afternoon. I pulled a seatbelt - scorching to the touch, because the vehicle had been parked in direct sunlight - across my chest. And then I headed off through the petrol fumes, tyre squeal and general commotion of a major American metropolis, in search of a traffic jam.
Holidaymakers with trips booked to Turkey this summer have been told they must carry paper copies of their electronic visas or risk being turned away at the departure gate.
So many t-shirts, so little time. So choose après - or spring/summer - wear with more than a little on-slope flair. Here are eight top designs to add to your wish-list.
Among the great 19th-century grande dame hotels that are sprinkled across the capitals and resorts of Europe, the Hôtel de Paris has a special place: the sugar plum in a frothy Belle Époque confection.
Founded almost a thousand years ago, Marrakech is one of the great cities of the Maghreb. Somehow this bursting-at-the-seams city exists on the edge of the Sahara Desert, its pink pise (rammed earth) palaces framed by the snow-capped High Atlas. In its seething souks, Europe, Africa and the Middle East mingle and merge, and the past and present are hard to tell apart. But make no mistake, Marrakech isn’t some petrified piece of history. Instead, this centuries-old trading hub is a creative sweet spot where ideas thrive and a buzz of entrepreneurialism charges the air with an intoxicating, and sometimes, intimidating energy. This isn’t a place you can gracefully glide through. Instead, you’ll find yourself telling jokes with snake charmers, hankering after the latest henna tattoo or getting a scrub down in the local hammam. Pause for unexpected beauty and banter, after all, what are the chances you’ll come this way again?
Has every great banking hall in the country been repurposed into something fabulously millennial replete with extravagant floristry and a degustation menu? The last time I was in an actual bank was the now closed, deeply unlovely Stoke Newington branch of HSBC, when I had to pay in a cheque – a bizarre physical artefact in a virtual world. It all felt like the most tedious anachronism, with the inevitable broken pen chained to paying-in slips. That disappeared because no one uses banks anymore, and all the great banking halls disappeared before it because people had long stopped equating a lavish façade and marble interior with reliability and quality product. The same could be said of many hotels.
Last week's Sunday print edition featured readers' letters about their travels in Canada. This set us thinking about favourite modes of transport while on holiday – and we'd like to hear about yours. Did a cruise prove especially memorable? Have you been on a spectacular road trip or rail journey, whether close to home in Europe or in the broad landscapes of the United States or Australia? Has there been a special flight, whether on Concorde, by seaplane or in a helicopter? The reader who sends in the best entry wins a £500 voucher.
Airlines could recreate a supreme home comfort at 35,000 feet and cut the cost of flying business class in one fell swoop with the introduction of a new chair design.
The muffins gave it away. The walls of the lock were soaring as our ship descended, but so smoothly were we moving that there was no real sense of how swiftly it was happening – except in the size of the muffins.
Marseille is going straight – cultured, even. New museums and galleries sprout. Trendy restaurants and bars abound. Hotel openings bang into one another. The 21st-century city is recapturing the trading grandeur of the 19th century. It’s got a sophisticated swagger as it aspires to regain world city status.