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  • Leaps in the dark: 12 of the best night-time activities in the UK

    Posted 2019-03-22 06:30:31 by: bossgate

    Moonlight paddleboarding, after-dark running, tracking wildlife … the onset of warmer evenings is ideal for venturing out at night. We shed light on great nocturnal activitiesPsyched Paddleboarding runs SUP sessions and retreats in north Wales, and sometimes further afield (the west coast of Scotland, Ibiza). Now adventurers can join a two-hour guided night SUP trip (£50pp with equipment and refreshments) on Llyn Padarn, a sheltered lake in Snowdonia. The lake is surrounded by lofty peaks under a star-studded sky if you’re lucky (Snowdonia is a dark sky reserve). There are lights on the bottom of the board, and head torches are recommended. If conditions allow, it also runs a night trip in a bay in Anglesey. The next step up is an SUP overnight expedition, with an evening paddle and wild camping (from £130). Elsewhere, South West SUP runs full-moon night paddles around Plymouth (from £20). Continue ...

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  • Wave reviews: Under – Norway's new underwater restaurant

    Posted 2019-03-21 11:12:55 by: bossgate

    A semi-submerged restaurant in Lindesnes on the coast of southern Norway offers diners a sustainable menu and a window onto the seabed Continue ...

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  • Highlights of Morocco: readers’ travel tips

    Posted 2019-03-21 06:30:11 by: bossgate

    Serene hotels, exquisite Islamic gardens and mountain hikes are just a few of the country’s stars, say our tipstersThis is a recently renovated garden on Rue Mouassine, dating back to the 16th century. It’s a perfect place to escape busy Marrakech, with an exotic range of plants and an ingenious water system created in the 11th century, fed by an aquifer. The Islamic garden is split into four sections, laid out to geometric rules established as early as the sixth century BC in the Persian gardens of Cyrus the Great. A perfect relaxing place to spend a few hours. The entrance fee is about £4 and there is small extra fee of about £2 to climb the wonderful old tower.• lejardinsecretmarrakech.comDavid Fargher Continue ...

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  • City breaks with kids: Málaga

    Posted 2019-03-20 06:30:04 by: bossgate

    Sandy beaches, outdoor attractions and plenty of culture make for a fun family break in this gateway to Andalucía• More family-friendly city breaksMálaga’s redeveloped Muelle Uno port area is full of distractions: not only is the waterfront promenade dotted with playgrounds and a maritime museum (adult €7, child €5, family 2+2, €20), but a multicoloured glass cube also houses the city’s Centre Pompidou (adult €9, children free, adults free on Sundays after 4pm). Compared with its Parisian cousin, this gallery is on the petite side. Its compact nature suited us well, though, as we managed to look around the permanent exhibition of 20th-century art, including (Málaga-born) Picasso’s Spring, before our two young children could grumble about tired legs. However, it’s the museum’s free-to-enter play area that really makes it popular with families (open weekdays 5pm-7.30pm, closed Tues; weekends and holidays 12.30pm-2pm and 5pm-8pm). Continue ...

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  • Sky-high trekking: taking on California’s High Sierra Trail

    Posted 2019-03-19 06:30:10 by: bossgate

    This demanding adventure amid granite domes and giant trees ends in a climb up Mount Whitney – and it’s worth every lung-busting stepAs soon as we set foot on California’s High Sierra Trail, the clamour of the world fell away, replaced by the rhythm of our footsteps, the chatter of forest birds and a feeling of stillness. A week of wonder lay ahead. It was euphoria of the purest kind.We would follow the metre-wide path from the beauty spot of Crescent Meadow in Sequoia national park to the other side of the Sierra Nevada, land of the gold rush, the glacier-sculpted granite dome and the giant tree – a place “father of the national parks” John Muir described as “the most divinely beautiful of all the mountain chains”. It had been pulling on my imagination for a long time. Continue ...

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  • #Superbloom or #poppynightmare? Selfie chaos forces canyon closure

    Posted 2019-03-19 00:52:46 by: bossgate

    California town bars access to site as stunning flowers draw at least 50,000 visitors Related: Super bloom: can this tiny California town avoid another 'flowergeddon'? This weekend thousands of tourists frolicked through fields of poppies in southern California, posting photos tagged #superbloom. But for the town of Lake Elsinore, the influx of visitors quickly became a #poppynightmare. Continue ...

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  • Should alcohol be banned on flights?

    Posted 2019-03-18 15:44:32 by: bossgate

    The government is reviewing airport licensing laws. But after another drunken brawl on a plane, should passengers be breathalysed before boarding – or even forbidden from boozing?Since commercial airlines took to the air, drinking and flying have tended to go hand in hand, with drink seeming to add to the pleasing sense of disembodiment at 36,000ft. But for how much longer? In the face of a rising tide of drink-fuelled violence and antisocial behaviour, highlighted by a boozy confrontation on a flight from Glasgow to Tenerife over the weekend that ended with one man badly injured, there are increasing calls for booze on flights and at airports to be restricted.The government is reviewing licensing laws at airports as part of a broad rethink of aviation policy. It has yet to report, but World Duty Free has pre-empted any official announcement with its own initiative – selling duty-free booze only in sealed bags that, in theory, cannot easily be opened on the plane. Continue ...

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  • The medieval castle near Rome that's now a hostel

    Posted 2019-03-18 06:30:32 by: bossgate

    An affordable stay in a magnificent setting just 40 minutes from Rome is perfect for mixing sightseeing with days on the beachGauzy curtains blow in the breeze, framing a perfect view of the sparkling Mediterranean. The sun’s rays fall across our big white bed as we stand at the tall window, gazing down at a rocky shore, and right to a wide curve of beach. We could be in a five-star hotel. The setting, a 14th-century castle of pinkish stone overlooking golden sands 50km up the coast from Rome, is gorgeous enough to catch the beady eye of some property developer, but we’re actually staying in a new hostel, opened last summer in Castello di Santa Severa by the Lazio regional government. Continue ...

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  • Mountain maestros: the Alpine retreat that stages world-class concerts

    Posted 2019-03-17 12:00:08 by: bossgate

    At Schloss Elmau in southern Germany top classical musicians ‘play to stay’, so guests can enjoy performances between spa sessions, yoga and amazing views We were halfway to the spa when something stopped us. We’d been padding along in slippers and pastel-coloured towelling robes, staring idly at the snowy mountains outside. And then we heard it. The sound of a violin: a few snatched phrases, soaring, uplifting, broken up by short periods of silence. Somebody with considerable skill was practising. In the hotel.Later that morning, having enjoyed a soaking in the largest hammam this side of Istanbul, we wandered past the main staircase in our hotel’s reception. A family was gathered on the stairs, chatting. The patriarch – a man in his 70s with wild grey hair – carried a cello on his back. We’d seen him the night before, the man with the cello. Playing Brahms, Schumann and Schubert, accompanied by his talented children, the youngest a boy of 14. Continue ...

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  • 10 of the best activity holidays in Ireland

    Posted 2019-03-17 07:00:07 by: bossgate

    With its rugged coast, lakes and hills, Ireland is one big adventure playground – perfect for kayaking, hiking, cycling and road trips20 of the best pubs in IrielandStanding at 1,039 metres in the middle of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks range, Carrauntoohil is the tallest mountain in Ireland. The range spreads out across 100 sq km in the heart of the Ring of Kerry, adding drama to the Iveragh peninsula’s wild, beautiful landscape. Start the Carrauntoohil ascent from Cronin’s Yard, a car park with services south of touristy Killarney. There are several ways to the top, but the exhilarating Devil’s Ladder (12km return) is the shortest and most popular. Continue ...

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