Sintra: A fairytale day trip from Lisbon

If you’ve ever dreamed of stepping into a real-life fairytale, then you need to add Sintra to your bucket list immediately. This magical hilltop town and UNESCO world heritage site in PortugalĀ is shrouded by enchanting forests and dotted with colourful palaces that look like they’ve been plucked straight out…

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Perast: A picture-perfect day trip from Kotor

The Bay of Kotor is sprinkled with idyllic towns and villages but Perast might just steal the prize for “best in show”. This picture-perfect old town, just a 15 minute drive from Kotor, combines mountains, sea, and historic charm, making this a must-stop destination on any visit to Montenegro.…

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Schloss Drachenburg: An enchanting day trip from Cologne

Germany sure knows a thing or two about castles. There are more than 20,000 dotted across the country, each one with its own unique story and fairytale setting, just waiting to be discovered. Schloss Drachenburg is one of the most enchanting German castles of all, with its majestic towers,…

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24 hours in Dubrovnik: The best things to see and do

Stunning sea views? Check. Charming old town? Check. Great food and culture? Check. Somehow Dubrovnik manages to encompass everything you could wish for in a city break, so it’s no surprise that this buzzing seaside city in Croatia has become one of Europe’s most popular destinations. Dubrovnik is the…

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A day in Trebinje: the prettiest city in Bosnia and Herzogovina

I love nothing more than getting off-the-beaten-track when travelling, so it’s no wonder that I instantly fell in love with Trebinje in Bosnia & Herzogovina. We only stopped over for the day, but that was all it took for this pretty little city to steal my heart with its…

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How to spend the perfect weekend in Genoa, Italy

It may not be as “Insta-famous” as some of its Italian neighbours but Genoa has everything you could wish for in an Italian city break: historic architecture, heaps of culture, and a food scene to die for (this is the city that invented pesto, after all… need I say…

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3 lesser-known day trips from Stockholm

What’s not to love about Stockholm? The streets look like they’ve been plucked straight out of a fairytale, there’s water everywhere you look, and the cinnamon rolls are as big as your head. But if you can tear yourself away from the city (and the Kanelbullar) for a day,…

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Bristol Open Doors Festival: Discovering Bristol’s Hidden City

Sometimes there’s nothing better than being a tourist in your own city. Bristol Open Doors festival gives locals the perfect excuse to get out and explore the best bits of Bristol – from the city’s most iconic landmarks to its forgotten gems. Now in its 26th year, Bristol Open…

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