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  • St John’s Co-Cathedral on TripAdvisor excellence list

    St John’s Co-Cathedral on TripAdvisor excellence list

    Valletta’s striking St John’s Co-Cathedral has been recognised as a top attraction by travel review website TripAdvisor. The baroque building, which was commissioned by Grand Master Jean de la Cassière for the Knights Hospitallier in the 1570s,...

  • Disneyland shows it still has the magic… mostly

    Disneyland shows it still has the magic… mostly

    Planning a single day in the American children’s paradise with military precision is the best way to experience the spectacle, finds Helen Raine, even if an adult’s cynical outlook can make it more hassle than heaven. I can pinpoint when I first...

  • Striking out into the Med

    Striking out into the Med

    Always wished to navigate across the beautiful Mediterranean but never quite knew where to start? Veronica Stivala speaks to three experts and puts together an all-you-need-to-know guide to setting sail from Malta. Where to start? Sailing is about...

  • Walk down Diagon Alley

    Walk down Diagon Alley

    Step into the emerald-green fire, throw some Floo powder, state where you want to go in a clear voice and bam: you’re there! If you’ve been following the contemporary magical fantasy scene in the past 10 (and more) years, then you’ve probably...

  • ‘Russelling up’ a trip to explore Montana’s Wild West

    ‘Russelling up’ a trip to explore Montana’s Wild West

    Kevin Pilley satisfies his desire to combine culture with the great outdoors by using the paintings of renowned artist Charles M. Russell as his guide. “Wanted: healthy, robust men to explore the Missouri River. Must be willing to risk death.

  • Mein Schiff 3 sails into its new home port: Valletta

    Mein Schiff 3 sails into its new home port: Valletta

    When the elegant Mein Schiff 3 of TUI Cruises sails into Valletta this morning, it will be the first new liner of that size based in Malta. The ship is registered in Valletta and therefore flies the Maltese flag. After the successful launch of the...

  • A royal opening for Heathrow’s new T2

    A royal opening for Heathrow’s new T2

    Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II was hailed as the “inspiration” for Heathrow’s new terminal as she officially opened the £2.5 billion facility last week. She joined the Duke of Edinburgh for a tour of the Terminal 2 building, which is named the...

  • Northern Lights top must-do trip list

    Northern Lights top must-do trip list

    A visit to the Arctic Circle to see the Northern Lights has topped a list of the greatest must-do travel experiences. More than 2,000 adults took part in a poll for Discovery Channel, which ranked a trip to the North Cape in Norway to see the...

  • High-flying dreams for decrepit Athens airport

    High-flying dreams for decrepit Athens airport

    After languishing for more than a decade as a wasteland of crumbling terminals and rusting aeroplanes, Athens’ sprawling former airport complex is set for resurrection as a glitzy coastal resort. The €7 billion plan to develop Hellenikon – a...

  • Elegant entertainment for classical music fans

    Elegant entertainment for classical music fans

    Forget sweaty crowds and dance DJs – summer is a great time to relax and hear an opera or a favourite jazz performer at festivals anywhere from the Swiss Alps to Johannesburg. Why not try picnicking at the UK’s Glyndebourne or tippling a Riesling...

  • Great locations for all budgets are in the bag

    Great locations for all budgets are in the bag

    Often associated with students, backpacking is not just an option for those trying to keep costs down. Many consider it a way to see the world in its most unpretentious, raw form. Travel website JoGuru lists some of the best backpacking...

  • New generation of guides

    New generation of guides

    Four years ago, I threw my last Lonely Planet out of the window. Dreaming about a “cosy atmosphere” and “unbelievably clean rooms”, the descriptions kept me going as I spent two hours lost on the streets of Kiev, Ukraine. Twelve hours of travel...

  • Losing heart and mind to Lisbon

    Losing heart and mind to Lisbon

    After a spell in the international spotlight while hosting the Champions League final, Lisbon casts its charms on Mark Strijbosch during his minibreak. Getting lost in Lisbon was the best idea and my feet still ache from all the improvised...

  • ‘City of the sun’ fills visitors with warmth

    ‘City of the sun’ fills visitors with warmth

    Malta and Sardinia, two Mediterranean islands that are quite different but with many similarities, particularly with regard to their history, both having been dominated by similar rulers and, most importantly, the warmth of their inhabitants. My...

  • Climate change threatens tourism as ski slopes start to thaw, seas rise

    Climate change threatens tourism as ski slopes start to thaw, seas rise

    Climate change is a growing threat to tourism, from thawing ski resorts to coral reefs hit by warmer seas, and the industry itself should do more to curb its soaring greenhouse gas emissions, a study showed. Tourism’s greenhouse gas emissions, on...

  • Germans’ love for short trips lifts European cruise industry

    Germans’ love for short trips lifts European cruise industry

    Europe’s cruise lines passenger growth rose in 2013 due to the popularity of the Mediterranean as a destination and Germans’ appetite for short trips in northern Europe, a lobby group said. A record 6.4 million Europeans booked cruises last year...

  • Christening date for Costa’s new flagship

    Christening date for Costa’s new flagship

    Costa Cruises will celebrate its new flagship Costa Diadema on November 7, during a special christening event in Genoa, the city where the company was founded and has its headquarters. This year, for the first time, a travel agent will be chosen...

  • Stop to smell the Malbec

    Stop to smell the Malbec

    The urge to rush around seeing as many sites as possible can leave tourists exhausted. Veronica Stivala asks would it be better to stay put and really explore one town? Not too long ago, one of the joys of travelling was sharing your photos with...

  • Atop London’s Shard, Becker serves treats

    Atop London’s Shard, Becker serves treats

    It’s been just over a year since chef Rainer Becker opened Oblix in the European Union’s tallest building, but he admits the mission is not quite accomplished. “It takes time for a restaurant to be there, where I have it in my head,” Becker said,...

  • Steering clear of car hire disaster when on holiday

    Steering clear of car hire disaster when on holiday

    Exploring a country at your own pace is made much easier by hiring a vehicle rather than navigating foreign public transport, but Helen Raine has a few tips for avoiding potential potholes. My husband enjoys a challenge, the latest being a...

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