Whether you're a visitor to Cardiff or a resident of the city, there are so many things for you to enjoy. Its beautiful parks and gorgeous, historic shopping arcades are stand-out features, as is one of the world's best sport and music stadiums. There are excellent independent restaurants and lots of people determined to serve you a great beer. But sometimes, just casually wandering some of the residential streets can be a delightful way to spend some time. And even if you thought you had everything covered, think again - there are probably so many places left for you to experience and explore. This guide should help you make the most of your time here - however much time you have. Bute Park Bute Park starts right in the city centre and has a castle at one end of it — but because of the way it merges into Blackweir and Pontcanna fields, you could walk for hours along its paths, under its trees and beside its river. Bute Park still serves the purpose it was intended for when the … [Read more...] about Things to do in Cardiff: The ultimate guide to making the most of the city
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1. Catch sunset at Cape St VincentWith over 300 days of sunshine a year, the Algarve is kissed with Atlantic sunsets like nowhere else in Europe. For the region's most dramatic spectacle, head to Cape Saint Vincent (above), where the sun sets each evening over the continent's most southwesterly frontier. Expect an almost solar eclipse buzz here as cavalcades of coach tours and camper vans converge daily - but solitude is up for grabs, too. Wander towards the cape's southern cliffs and you'll not only escape the tourists, but also score the perfect backdrop of its lighthouse! Do it: Cape St Vincent sits 120km west of Faro. 2. Coffee & Pasteis de NataVamos tomar café! Going for coffee is the ultimate Algarvian break, where time seems to stand stiller with every freshly roasted sip. Your cup of Joao is best served, of course, with some Portuguese bake-off delights. Try a pastel de nata, a traditional custard tart dusted with cinnamon, or the local specialty of doce fino. Made … [Read more...] about The Algarve Bucket List: 20 things to do in Portugal’s paradise before you die!
You’re in Paris and you’re on a budget. Join the club. Here’s how to enjoy every arrondissement in the city for free from Oliver Gee at The Earful Tower Paris podcast. 1st. Dip your toes (well almost) in the Seine River Head down to the Square du Vert-Galant and make your way to the willow tree at the edge of the island. If you get it all to yourself, you’ll find yourself so close to the river that your could almost dip your toes in (if you really wanted to…). Or you could imitate that “I’m flying Jack” scene from Titanic – it kinda feels like you’re at the front of a boat. Lake Lou/ Flickr 2nd. Walk down rue Montorgueil This is the best street in Paris. Fishmongers, cheesemongers, flower mongers, and more cafes and restaurants than you could probably visit in a month. But, as we’re keeping it free, just walk from one end to the other and enjoy the city and its … [Read more...] about The best FREE thing to do in each Paris arrondissement
I've buzzed past the Colosseum on a Vespa, witnessed the Palio in Siena, swum in crystal-clear water off Sardinia. But it was the passeggiata in Siracusa that really brought it home, that made the word 'Italy' one of the few that can instantly erase lines from my forehead. It ain't perfect, of course. Driving in Italy is hairy; the difference between romance and real life in places like Naples and Sicily can be jarring, and tourist crowds are pushing Venice towards crisis. But who wants perfection? That would be boring - one thing Italy could never be. From David to the Dolomites, the Aeolian Islands to the Amalfi Coast, we've tried to capture its essence in our travel pages. Impossible? Absolutely. But it's the perfect excuse to go back... Buon viaggio! - Pól Ó Conghaile 1. Take a Fiat 500 tour in Rome Want to experience the iconic craziness of Italian driving while feeling like you’re starring a 1950s Cinecittà Studios movie? Make those dreams come true with a … [Read more...] about The Italian Bucket List: 25 things to do in Italy before you die!
We've enjoyed some wonderful weather of late and, while the launch of the school holidays typically heralds the start of a rainy spell, it's fingers crossed for enough good days to enable families to get out and about in the North East. Even those with a break abroad already booked will have still have several weeks to fill at home but luckily there is always plenty to do in and around Newcastle, particularly now that the Great Exhibition of the North is under way. We also regularly draw up a list of ideas of how to keep the children entertained to help out parents who do find themselves stuck for something to do with the children. So, if you're planning a day out and are looking for somewhere to go, here are some outdoor attractions and, if the worst does happen with the weather, rest assured that rain need not stop play as several of our suggestions are indoor treats. There's nothing better than spending quality time with the family, especially if it won't cost you a penny, so the … [Read more...] about 54 free things to do with kids in the North East