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  • Cyprus tops EU bathing water list for second year

    Cyprus had been ranked highest in the European Union for the water quality of its beaches for the second year in a row, the European Environment Agency said, while extreme flooding washed more pollution into Central European lakes and...

  • Connecting with Munich Airport

    Connecting with Munich Airport

    Three-quarters of passengers arriving at Munich Airport from Malta were using the Bavarian capital city as a connecting point, figures released by the airport operators show. A total of 28,000 passengers from Malta landed at Munich last year, up...

  • Coasting to the final four World Cup destinations

    Coasting to the final four World Cup destinations

    Concluding our three-part series on Brazil’s host football stadium venues, Stephen Bailey checks out the four cities on the country’s northeast coast. Salvador Sprawling along the Atlantic Ocean coastline, Salvador is one of South America’s most...

  • Meeting the Coneheads

    Meeting the Coneheads

    “We’re coneheads!” a couple of young women giggled, delighted by my bemusement. “I’m studying ice cream at the Carpigiani University, here in Bologna,” one with a British accent explained. “I’m a gelato undergraduate. Yesterday we made fennel ice...

  • Flights can be child’s play

    Flights can be child’s play

    As a new mother, the thought of travelling with my child has me breaking out into a cold sweat. What are the procedures? The dos and don’ts? What if I forget something and I’m not allowed to board the plane? These, and a million other questions,...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Tourists on self-catering trips abroad should shun most resort shops and head for out-of-town supermarkets to get the lowest prices, according to a UK survey. Basic provisions for a one-week family holiday in the Portuguese Algarve, for example,...

  • Eastern Pacific hurricanes begin

    Eastern Pacific hurricanes begin

    This week saw the first named storm of the year as Hurricane Amanda formed in the Eastern Pacific, attaining category 4 status for a time with peak winds of 250kph. Amanda started last week as a cluster of heavy showers and thunderstorms...

  • Separating history and myth on Italian islands

    Separating history and myth on Italian islands

    Sicily’s easy accessibility from Malta lends itself to a relaxing weekend break, but Fiona Vella enjoys impromtu history lessons off its east and west coasts. The Cyclops archipelagoin Aci Castello The municipality of Aci Castello on the eastern...

  • Ryanair profits fall 8% in a year

    Ryanair profits fall 8% in a year

    Ryanair said customer service was improving “rapidly” as the budget airline looks to recover from its first drop in annual profits in five years. Post-tax profits were eight per cent lower at €523 million in the year to March 31, after a price war...

  • Heritage Malta sites win online approval

    Heritage Malta sites win online approval

    Seven Heritage Malta sites have received a Certificate of Excellence for 2014 by Trip­Advisor, the world’s largest travel site. Awards were given to the National War Museum, Ġgantija Temples, Ħaġar Qim Temples, Mnajdra Temples, Ħal Saflieni...

  • Not all good news about TripAdvisor

    Despite the accolades Trip­Advisor has given Maltese tourist attractions, Italy’s competition watchdog is looking into the influential holiday review website to see if it takes appropriate measures to avoid publishing fake opinions. The antitrust...

  • Four cities added to Air Malta sale

    Travellers heading to Athens, Prague, Budapest and Sofia can save 25 per cent off airfare in the expanded Air Malta summer sale. Travel to these four destinations needs to be between July 1 and September 30 this year and tickets must be bought...

  • Going nowhere fast

    Going nowhere fast

    Commuter Mira Hasancioglu interacts with a piece of 3D artwork at London’s Waterloo Station, representing UK landmarks, which has been created to launch the Travelodge Get Up and Go campaign. The hotel chain has commissioned a series of 3D...

  • Lufthansa retro touch to mark 30

    Lufthansa retro touch to mark 30

    Lufthansa marked the 30th anniversary of its Malta service in style, not only by sporting a vintage aircraft livery and cabin crew uniforms but also reporting a growth exceeding 30 per cent in 2013 and a bullish outlook for this year. “Lufthansa...

  • Playing through the midfield on World Cup tour

    Playing through the midfield on World Cup tour

    Continuing our three-part series on Brazil’s football stadium destinations, Stephen Bailey looks at four venues in the country’s centre and far north. Manaus From the banks of the river the trees begin. A blanket of rich greenery extends at every...

  • Lose the lovers’ locks

    Lose the lovers’ locks

    Travelling with your significant other is a great opportunity to ramp up romance, but grand plans can easily fall victim to cliché. Helen Raine discovers some more unusual pastimes for two to enjoy this summer. Paris, the capital of romance, has a...

  • De-stress in a luxury spa

    De-stress in a luxury spa

    Ananda in the Himalayas, Ananda, India A short drive from Rishikesh, and set overlooking the Ganges River, this spa will detox your mind and body by using the physical attribute of the Yoga, the medical power of Ayurveda and the spiritual element...

  • Don’t judge a boat by its size

    Don’t judge a boat by its size

    Earlier this year, Costa launched its slow cruise concept: a fleet of smaller ships that offer a more intimate experience of travel in an industry where bigger is usually considered to be better. Ray Bugeja gives it a try… When thinking about...

  • It’s a dog’s life

    It’s a dog’s life

    Four-legged friends no longer need to be left at home when their owners treat themselves to a break as a Maltese hotel has introduced a pet-friendly programme. Palace Pups at the Corinthia Palace Hotel and Spa in Attard allows dogs, cats and other...

  • Labrador in your luggage

    Labrador in your luggage

    Would you love to go away but can’t bear to leave Fido home alone? Grab your pet’s passport as Helen Raine rounds up some dog-friendly breaks. Sicily Book a holiday and you’re in the dog house; literally. Villa Mariuccia is set up for dogs, with...

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