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  • Let Dresden’s pigtailed ladies show you the city

    Visiting the capital of the federal state of Saxony, Stephen Bailey is welcomed by good-natured locals in a city rebuilt after almost total destruction in World War II. Five minutes from the central station and I’m already witnessing Dresden’s...

  • EasyJet passengers rose in 12 months to March

    Low-fare airline easyJet carried an increased number of passengers last month.The budget carrier flew 5.1 million people in March 2014 – a 4.8 per cent rise on its March 2013 performance. In the 12 months ending in March 2014, easyJet carried...

  • Air Malta launches summer schedule

    Air Malta’s summer schedule has new routes to Venice and Parma among its 33 destinations. The national airline has a new base in Sabiha Gokcen Airport, Istanbul and will resume flights to the Algerian capital Algiers for the next few months. “Air...

  • Food festival fun in fishing village

    Sicilians just love their sagre (food festivals), and if you happen to be in Sicily between April 30 and May 4, make a little detour to Sampieri, only 15 minutes from Pozzallo. This picturesque old fishing village is holding a sagra del pomodoro...

  • Taste of Turkish delight as Istanbul is top destination

    World travellers have judged Istanbul to be the best global destination, according to holiday website TripAdvisor. Despite the recent unrest in Turkey, its capital – which is famously on a different continent to the rest of the country – jumped up...

  • It’s a sailor’s life for me

    For those with a head for heights and a spirit of adventure, the SS Great Britain is offering a dizzying experience. Visitors to the UK can be immersed in the life of a 19th century sailor on board engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s most famous...

  • Tourism press award winners

    The fifth edition of the MTA Malta Tourism Press Awards was recently held at the Xara Lodge in the limits of Rabat. The main objective is to honour journalists, TV producers and photographers from all over the world, whose work, published during...

  • Destinations to satisfy both wanderlust and bloodlust

    With Game of Thrones back on screens, fans may wish to see the places used for the haunts of their favourite characters ­– before they get killed off! Epic TV fantasy Game of Thrones is back on screens for its fourth season, intriguing and...

  • Drinking in the scenery

    Got some spare time, money and drive to see Asia? Helen Raine gives an overview of how to get the most out of a month exploring the nooks and crannies of Vietnam, so long as you manage to steer clear of the rice wine... I recently chatted to a...

  • Tea-sing the senses in the hills above Munnar

    Backpacker Mark Strijbosch bids farewell to India in the final account of his travels around the country, but danger lurks among the coffee and art... The next leg of my trip took me to the city of Kochi, the peaks of the Western Ghats and a walk...

  • Feed your festival frenzy

    With the bad weather soon properly behind us, this can only mean one thing: festival season is imminent. Be it a huge cheese, lingerie parties or a jazz train, Veronica Stivala chooses some of the best, original events across Europe this summer in...

  • Hotel with a grand story

    As Wes Anderson’s film The Grand Budapest Hotel hit cinema screens in Budapest, Corinthia’s grande dame hotel in the city basked in the publicity it earned through its similarity to the film’s setting. Victor Aquilina shares his sneak peak of the...

  • A double, double-decker delivery for luxury airline

    Who is the greater football legend – Pelé or Cristiano Ronaldo? The discussion, central to Emirates’s new publicity push, has two new onboard lounges to spill into after it received a double A380 delivery. The airline’s 46th and 47th A380 aircraft...

  • Enjoying Etna’s foothills

    At this time of year, the foothills of Mount Etna are just bursting with colour, the result of its fertile volcanic soil. Aim for the southern foothill towns of Zafferana Etnea and Nicolosi, which are under two hours’ drive along the new...

  • ROCS offers its best fares for Emirates destinations

    ROCS Travel is guaranteeing the best Emirates air fares in Malta for those who book their flights or holiday before April 14. Destinations include Larnaca, Cyprus, from €259, Dubai from €599, Bangkok from €729, Hong Kong from €879 and Melbourne...

  • Air Malta has tasty news for summer

    Malta’s national airline will start flying to the northern Italian city of Parma from June 2. Services will leave at 12.25pm on Mondays and 8.45am on Thursdays for Giuseppe Verdi Airport, one of the four Milan-area airports alongside Linate,...

  • Carrying on tourism in Crimea

    A few months ago, 2014 looked like it might shape up as a decent year for Crimean tour operator Gulzade Odamanova, who even had a few dozen overseas bookings on her calendar from Germans, Poles and the occasional Italian. But after the picturesque...

  • Battle for cultural heritage

    From the 16th century Tatar Khans’ palace in Bakhchisaray to the former tsarist residence that hosted the World War II Yalta conference, Crimea’s heritage sites have become a source of bitter contention since Russia seized the region from...

  • Penitents join pagans at Holy Week destinations

    Jerusalem Celebrating the greatest events of Catholic salvation history and of Jesus’s life at the very sites where they occurred is a moving and unforgettable experience for believers. During the end of Lent, Jerusalem fills with pilgrims from...

  • Raising a glass to a Highlands winery

    “If you suddenly start growing a thatch of thick hair, you know who to thank,” said Johnny, pouring me a glass of 2011 Moniack Castle medium-dry white silver birch wine. “It’s meant to be a cure for baldness. Although Prince Albert might...

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