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What’s more peaceful than a wood and stone windmill, spinning on the seashore?... more
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Corralejo
What’s more peaceful than a wood and stone windmill, spinning on the seashore? Corralejo’s distinctive beaches are perfect for a tranquil, restorative getaway. Corralejo is part of Fuerteventura, a volcanic island, and its strong winds are good for more than just keeping the windmills busy. The kitesurfing and windsurfing are fantastic. Ferry over to Lobos Island for a day of exploring local flora and fauna, and be sure to scale the old lighthouse for some spectacular views.
Porto’s cityscape is a who’s who of architecture, a mash-up of medieval... more
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Porto
Porto’s cityscape is a who’s who of architecture, a mash-up of medieval cathedrals and iconic, futuristic edifices. The eponymous port wine originated here, on the banks of the Douro River. After staring dizzily at buildings, there’s much to explore: the astoundingly grand staircase and stained glass of the Lello & Irmao bookstore, colorful public sculptures and tile murals, the double-decker Mercado do Bolhao. The Crystal Palace Gardens are a serene, surreal retreat from it all.
Retaining its old-world ambiance and charm, Krakow is the prettiest of Poland's... more
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Krakow
Retaining its old-world ambiance and charm, Krakow is the prettiest of Poland's main cities, having escaped the worst of WWII bombing. The former Polish capital's atmospheric Old Town and Kazimierz's streets in the Jewish district are crammed with exciting galleries, cafes, pubs and restaurants. Multi-day Krakow Tourist Cards offer museum entry and free bus and tram travel between sights such as Wawel Royal Castle, the striking 14th-century St. Mary's Basilica and the huge 10-acre Main Market Square.
A town literally carved into the volcanic rock, Goreme is the gateway to the... more
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Goreme
A town literally carved into the volcanic rock, Goreme is the gateway to the Goreme National Park, a vast UNESCO World Heritage Site that houses spectacular 10th- and 11th-century cave churches. The park itself is known for its chimney rock formations and is very popular with backpackers. It’s also a great area to sample Turkish cuisine and wine.
Sitting on the edge of the Baltic, the modern, cosmopolitan city of Helsinki is... more
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Helsinki
Sitting on the edge of the Baltic, the modern, cosmopolitan city of Helsinki is the World Design Capital for 2012. The beauty of the surrounding nature blends seamlessly with high-tech achievements and contemporary trends. Walking tours of the city centre show layers of history, while modern architecture and cutting-edge style stake the city's claim to the future. Choose Helsinki during its endless summer days or get adventurous on crisp, snowy winter nights.
Vlad the Impaler stated his claim to Bucharest in 1459. His citadel on the... more
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Bucharest
Vlad the Impaler stated his claim to Bucharest in 1459. His citadel on the Dambovita was the first of a host of palaces, many of which still stand. Four metro lines and a modern bus network transport visitors and commuters. Nicknamed "Little Paris", Bucharest's elegant early 20th-century architecture shows French influences. Don't miss the Village Museum, Romanian Athenaeum and the Peasant Museum. You can't miss the Palace of Parliament, the second-largest building in the world after the Pentagon.
To the first-time visitor, Palermo is a city of ever-changing character. An... more
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Palermo
To the first-time visitor, Palermo is a city of ever-changing character. An abundance of dusty museums, Arabian domes and flourishes of baroque splendor jostle with boisterous markets, chaotic traffic and oppressive summer heat. The Sicilian hotspot is a noisy, polluted, often dangerous, but always fascinating city. Don't miss marvels of Arab-Norman architecture, such as 12th-century Palazzo dei Normanni or San Giovanni degli Eremiti. Ask your hotel to arrange cabs and negotiate fares before setting off.
The 1000-year-old Norwegian capital sits at the head of Oslo Fjord. This... more
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Oslo
The 1000-year-old Norwegian capital sits at the head of Oslo Fjord. This stunning setting gives hints of the wild wonders that lie just beyond the city. From taking in visual delights at Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Viking Ship Museum, the Munch Museum and Holmenkollen, to the challenging content within the new Nobel Peace Centre and the Holocoust Centre, Oslo offers plenty of food for thought. The Oslo Pass allows free travel on public transport, free parking and admission to many museums and sights.
The largest city in Switzerland is a major contemporary art and shopping... more
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Zurich
The largest city in Switzerland is a major contemporary art and shopping destination. Important artworks are displayed in the Kunsthaus and the Rietberg Museum. Those who consider shopping an art can hone their skills along Bahnhofstrasse and Niederdorf. Chagall's stained-glass windows in the Fraumünster amaze. Zurich's 500 clubs and bars, including several in swimming pools, pulse with life till the early hours. This city on Lake Zurich has excellent public transport and a free bike-hire system.
The Latvian capital, the largest city in the Baltics, is a fascinating mixture... more
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Riga
The Latvian capital, the largest city in the Baltics, is a fascinating mixture of proud Latvian tradition and influences of the various countries that have occupied it. Independent once again since 1991, Riga's Art Nouveau center has won it UNESCO World Heritage Site designation. Opened up to mass tourism with the advent of budget air travel, Riga's Old City and its abundance of bars and restaurants can be explored on foot. The New Town is easily reached by an efficient and modern bus and tram network.