One of the best things about living in the UK is that we have some brilliant beaches on our doorstep. Not only in the UK itself, but our European neighbours also boast some of the most stunning beaches in the world. From a hidden gem along the Albanian Riviera, to a celebrity hot spot in France and the best beaches in the Greek islands, check out our round-up of Europe’s must-visit beaches below. Durdle Door in Dorset, England One of the most photographed and iconic areas of Dorset, Durdle Door is also home to one of the best beaches in Europe. At first glance you wouldn’t think you were in the UK, with its azure waters and golden sands, but this gorgeous beach is right on our doorstep. How to get there: Durdle Door is just west of Lulworth on the B3070, if you’re driving, and the nearest train station is Wool. From here, hop on the one of four buses that takes you to West Lulworth for Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door and an extra bus (the number 30) is added in the … [Read more...] about 30 of the most stunning beaches in Europe
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Hiking Norway Inntravel has a new three-centre, self-guided walking holiday to Senja, an island sometimes called Norway in miniature, north of the Lofotens. The trip starts with two nights on the smaller island of Sommarøy in the “Arctic Caribbean”, so-called because of its white beaches and azure sea. The next stop is the fishing village of Mefjordvær, for coastal walks and an ascent of Segla, the island’s sail-shaped peak. The final three nights are based in a waterside wooden cabin at Hamn i Senja, on a spit of land further west, a great spot for viewing the northern lights or midnight sun.• From £1,345pp for seven nights’ half-board, including car hire, route notes and maps, flights to Tromsø extra, inntravel.co.uk Family adventure, Montenegro The whole family can get fit together on an active tour of Montenegro, which includes hiking, cycling, swimming, rafting and kayaking. Accommodation is mainly in simple mountain huts (with … [Read more...] about 20 of the best activity holidays in the UK and Europe
With dramatic clifftop landscapes, sweeping views across the coast and rugged outcrops, a British road trip is often regarded as one of the best in Europe. Located on the tip of England in Cornwall, the road from St Ives to Sennen features plenty of gorgeous scenery and makes for a journey like no other. In just under an hour, you'll encounter Cornish tin mines, spectacular beaches, famous lighthouses and castles in this itinerary prepared by Cornwall Live. St Ives One of the area’s most popular seaside resorts, St Ives is famous throughout the country but is just the starting point for this unique trip. The charming seaside town offers lots of beautiful sandy beaches, a bustling harbour and picturesque views. Filled with whitewashed houses, thick Cornish ice cream and a number of award-winning art galleries, it's a great place to begin. Zennor As you leave St Ives on the B3306, the first village you will come to is the pretty village of Zennor, famous for its mermaid … [Read more...] about Is this British road trip one of the best in Europe?
While there are many cafés and restaurants throughout the country that serve great coffee, the list below concentrates - in no particular order - on the establishments where getting the espressos and pour-overs just right is the number one priority. We plan to focus on cafés in another feature soon. Inevitably, Dublin has more than its fair share of great coffee shops, so almost half of our list is made up of establishments based in the capital. But Cork is not far behind, and there are seriously good contenders popping up all over the country. Cork1 Three Fools The Three Fools roast their own coffee which is available wholesale and online. Their own shop on Cork's Grand parade has a reputation for serving excellent espresso and brew coffees, and cheerful service. Plenty of advice for those wanting to make great coffee at home. Find it: Grand Parade, Cork city, see threefoolscoffee.ie 2 Cork Coffee Roasters John and Anna Gowan are first and foremost coffee roasters, but also … [Read more...] about 50 of the best Coffee shops in Ireland
Winter can be the best time to step outdoors into nature — the countryside is empty, the light is beautiful, there is always the chance of snow and, if you’re lucky, the ground is firm and crisp. Yes, you might have to choose your days with an eye to the weather, but wrap up well, pack a Thermos and you’ll find a long hike is the best antidote to the worst of the winter grims — and you’ll feel invigorated afterwards. To lure you into the wild, we asked four of the country’s well-known walks authors — Helen Fairbairn, Adrian Hendroff, John G O’Dwyer and David Flanagan — to choose their favourite winter routes from all over Ireland. The result is a huge variety of terrains and levels of walks that includes everything from peaceful forest strolls to the chilly heights of Lugnaquilla, from shorelines to the Burren moonscapes. Some routes are ideal for families with small children, others are suited only to experienced mountaineers who … [Read more...] about 25 Best Winter Walks in Ireland: Get off the couch and into the great outdoors