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    Get active: 8 fun and physical activities to do when in Barcelona

    A centre for arts, culture and Catalan cuisine, Barcelona is one of the most popular city-break destinations in Europe. The city's temperate climate also makes it a popular spot for outdoor enthusiasts. From conquering the mountain-bike trails in the Collserola Natural Park to surfing the artificial waves at Wavegarden BCN, the Catalonian capital offers plenty if you have a penchant for action. The breathtaking view of Barcelona from the Tibidabo MountainHiking the nine hills of BarcelonaSurrounding Barcelona are nine hills, and you can be romping down their many woodland trails after just 15 minutes' travel of the city centre. One of ...

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    A slice of Venice: The best places to get pizza in the Floating City

    Pizza may not be one of Venice’s culinary specialties, but you can still find some fantastic pizzerias if you know where to look. Whether you’re after a traditional thick deep-dish pizza or a Roman-style crispy thin-crust pizza, you’ll find a mouth-watering slice of heaven at our favourite pizza places in Venice. Our insider's guide to the best authentic Italian pizza Venice has to offerRossopomodoroRossopomodoro is a simple but popular pizzeria not far from St Mark’s Square. It’s always packed with tourists and locals alike, thanks to its great traditional flavours. Its pizzas are particularly big, so Rossopomodoro is the best ...

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    Just don't call it ice cream: Where to get great gelato in Rome

    Rome is home to hundreds of gelaterias, each with its own styles and flavours. Gelato is an institution here, and you’ll see (and taste) flavour combinations that you’ve never even imagined all around Rome's ancient streets. Whether you’re on the hunt for a particular flavour or just somewhere to take a break from sightseeing, make sure you stop by these famous Rome gelaterias. An insider's guide to the best gelato in the Italian capitalFatamorgana MontiThe first thing that’ll strike you about Fatamorgana Monti is the dazzling array of colours on display when you walk through its doors. The colours match ...

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    Travellers’ tails: 7 of the best hotels in Edinburgh where pets are welcome

    It can be something of a small challenge for pet owners to comfortably take their furry four-legged friends with them on a city break, meaning choices for destinations can be limited. Either popular hotels don’t have the capacity or infrastructure in place to accommodate pets, or they simply have a zero-tolerance approach to animals. Look carefully, though, and you’ll find a handful of pet-friendly hotels in Edinburgh offering suitable alternatives. Most don’t advertise their facilities on their websites, so here’s a useful guide to the best. The Residence Inn by Marriott Edinburgh has beautiful large rooms to accommodate you and ...

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    Travelling from London to Paris by bus: The pros and cons, and how to get the cheapest tickets

    With prices starting at about £12 each way, it’s definitely worth thinking about taking the coach to Paris, especially if you’re travelling on a budget. While it’s certainly not the fastest way to travel, it is ideal for those not in a hurry. And, of course, you’ll save a lot of money travelling this way, which you can put to good use exploring the French capital.Plan ahead. The further in advance you book, and the more flexible you are with travel times, the more likely you are to find a really cheap trip. Weekends, school holidays, Christmas and Valentine’s Day ...

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    6 of the best family-friendly hotels in Lisbon to suit all budgets and tastes

    Lisbon is a great city to visit with the family. It has a gentle climate – which doesn’t get too stifling – and plenty of parks, playgrounds, interactive museums and beaches to keep everyone happy. And that’s true of accommodation options – there’s ample choice on offer. Whether you’re looking for luxurious hotels where children are welcomed or a simple apartment to give you space and flexibility, we’ve got it covered. In a prime position in the city centre on the corner of Praça do Comécio, Pousada de Lisboa is a luxurious boutique hotel set in an impressive historic buildingMartinhal ...

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    A home-from-home among the canals: A guide to Venice’s best holiday apartments

    Staying in one of Venice’s grand centuries-old buildings with crumbling veneer and high ceilings –plus a bit of freedom and extra space – is perhaps the best way to experience this beautiful city. With a holiday apartment you can whip up your own Venetian feasts and come and go as you please. The Palazzo Volpi is strictly adults-only, with luxe decor in a modern styleGrand Canal Design ApartmentRating: The Grand Canal Design Apartment has bags of charm, with exposed wooden beams and polished chrome worktops. It’s great for a group getaway, sleeping up to four adults in one double bedroom ...

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    Lisbon after dark: Our pick of the best night tours to experience in the Portuguese capital

    Lisbon looks like a different city at night. By day, it’s the red rooftops that stand out. After sunset, it’s the city’s golden glow that makes an impact. Some of Lisbon’s most famous landmarks, like the castle and cathedral, are illuminated at night, and lamp light glows throughout the old town. To see the city at its after-dark best, you can take a guided tour. Here are our top picks. A handpicked selection of the best guided tours at night in LisbonTapas toursDiscover Lisbon advises you ‘wear your looser trousers’ on its Tapas Tour. This itinerary takes you around three ...

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    The Golden City for less than £300: How to do Prague on a budget

    Just as beautiful as Paris or Florence but considerably cheaper, Prague is one of the most romantic and best-preserved cities in Europe, with a fairytale skyline studded with spires and a compact Old Town that’s ripe for exploring on foot. Indeed, simply strolling around Prague is one of its greatest pleasures – and a free one to boot. Beautiful Prague National Theatre along the river VltavaThe best free and cheap things to do in PragueGet your bearings by walking or taking the funicular (32 CZK/£1.10) to Petřín Hill, the highest point in Prague. Climb the 299 steps of the Eiffel ...

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    36 hours in Dublin: How to plan a whistle-stop weekend break

    By capital-city standards, Dublin is incredibly easy to navigate, full of things to do and steeped in history, making it perfect for a short break. So, if you want to explore the best of Dublin but only have a couple of days to do it, we’ve got just the guide to help you out. Here’s how you can pack as much as possible into a 36-hour whistle-stop tour of the Emerald Isle’s capital. Night view of famous illuminated Ha'Penny BridgeSaturday0900 BreakfastJump headfirst into your Gaelic adventure with some old-fashioned Irish recipes at The Bakehouse, known for its potato farls (griddle ...

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    Home from home: Pretend you’re a local and stay in one of Rome’s best holiday apartments

    If you’re travelling to Rome with family and don’t want to shell out a fortune for three meals a day or you simply want more privacy and home comforts than a hotel can offer, self-catering may be your best bet. From luxurious boltholes perfect for a romantic weekend getaway to spacious apartments packed with family-friendly conveniences, take your pick of our top holiday apartments in the centre of the Eternal City. Palazzo Manfredi Apartments offer opulent accommodations that feel like home, right in the centre of RomeBramante Luxury ApartmentRating: Located across the river from the Castel Sant’Angelo and just a ...

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    Relaxed Rome: Do as the Romans did and take a pampering treatment in one of the best hotels with spas

    After a few days of exploring Rome's famous attractions, revive tired bones with a day of relaxation in a five-star spa. From anti-ageing gold facials to caviar wraps, you're guaranteed to return home rejuvenated by these top Rome hotel spas. Parco dei Principi is an oasis of exclusivity and refinement, near the Villa BorgheseHotel De RussieRating: A few minutes’ walk from the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo, this small, stylish hotel has an exquisite spa for its guests. Despite its diminutive size, it manages to fit in a saltwater pool with a hydrofoil feature, a Finnish sauna and steam room, ...

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    Stay in absolute luxury in Lisbon at the Portuguese capital’s best-of-the-best hotels

    Once the centre of the exploring world, Lisbon is no stranger to luxury and decadence. And still today, you can stay in hotels that meet your every whim, surrounded by royal residences, majestic palaces and extravagant villas. To help you choose from hotels in unbeatable locations, endless high-end amenities and gorgeous interiors, we’ve rounded up the crème de la crème of the city’s hotels. InterContinental Hotel is in the heart of Lisbon with magnificent views of the cityInterContinental Hotel LisbonRating: The InterContinental Hotel Lisbon is definitely in the top tier of contemporary luxury hotels in the city. Near one of ...

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    Lisbon’s majestic opera house: Our guide to all things Teatro Nacional de São Carlos

    The Teatro Nacional de São Carlos is Lisbon’s stunning neoclassical opera house in Chiado. A hub of music and theatre, opera and dance, this historic venue is a must visit, whether you book seats for a performance or join a back-stage tour to find out more about its fascinating past. We’ve gathered all the info you need to help you plan your visit to the theatre while you’re in Lisbon. Here's all you need to know ahead of your visit to Teatro Nacional de São CarlosHistoryAfter the devastating 1755 earthquake destroyed the Tejo Opera House and most of Lisbon, city businessmen ...

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    The ultimate guide to the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin: Why, how and when to go

    You can travel through the history of art at the National Gallery of Ireland with its world-renowned masterpieces from the likes of Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Caravaggio and Gainsborough. Entry is free, and temporary exhibitions and a full program of workshops and other events means there’s always a reason to come back. Here's all you need to know ahead of your trip to the National Gallery of IrelandWhy you should goThis dramatic building with its huge arched windows and pillars houses impressive rooms separated by bright internal courtyards and sweeping staircases – the perfect setting to showcase art. Founded in 1854, it ...

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