Oh, Vienna! Built high and mighty on the riches of the 600-year Hapsburg Empire, the Austrian capital bombards you with its near-overwhelming ensemble of palaces, Klimt-filled galleries, stately baroque streets and hallowed concert halls where orchestra batons swing. Top this with one-of-a-kind coffeehouse culture, expansive parks sprawling along the banks of the Danube, and a
Sardinia is undoubtedly best known for limpid turquoise sea and exquisite beaches on the Costa Smeralda, but there are plenty of those elsewhere on the island too, and for a fraction of the price. Food and wine is just as important here as well – the island is a designated ‘Blue Zone’, a region where
Holidaymakers face a summer of flight chaos, as British Airways has become the latest airline to announce strike action during the peak holiday period. Check-in staff and ground crew for the UK flag carrier today voted to go on strike, with walkouts timed for the start of the summer holidays. This comes as Ryanair and
Corfu has long enticed conquerors and holidaymakers with its intoxicating mix of historical monuments, lush hillsides, blue skies, sand and pebble beaches and calm, azure waters. British and French influences can be seen in Corfu’s atmospheric Old Town – however, it’s obvious that the Venetians, who stayed around for 400 years, exerted the greatest sociocultural
With a heatwave in full swing and the summer holidays on the way, the idea of going for a swim in the sunshine is becoming very appealing. The United Kingdom is filled with open-air lidos and outdoor pools, despite the islands’ propensity for rain. A golden age of lidos happened in the UK in the
We have another strange summer in prospect. After two frustrating years of stop-start travel, there has been a surge in peak season bookings – many by people who haven’t travelled since 2019 and are desperate for some Mediterranean sun. So what do you do if you also want to get away, but haven’t yet booked?
Have we all recovered from half term? Or are some of you reading this from under a coat in Alicante airport, having given up on easyJet ever rescheduling your flight and resolved to salvage what is left of your sanity by making peace with the situation and relocating permanently to gate 11? For those of
The National rail strike scheduled for June 21, 23 and 25, and the London Tube strike on June 21, are expected to cause major problems for anyone who has to travel in the UK – but just as badly affected will be travellers trying to get to and from the airport between now and Sunday.
Staycations or vacances? Or, to put it another way, holiday in Britain or – as 10.35 million Britons did in 2019, the last year of normal travel – head off to France? The issue has long been tussled over in the columns and comments section of Telegraph Travel, often with a certain amount of vigour.
There is a good reason why leisurely summer holidays are often referred to as ‘sun and sea’ escapes. Beaches and coastlines are a common element of our travels for relaxation. Lakes can provide the same combination of fine water and down-time, but they are rarely heralded in the same way. Even when they are, our
Beautiful beaches, rolling countryside, soaring mountains and vibrant cities – Britons really are lucky to have so much at their fingertips. Summer is just around the corner, and the many millions of us dreaming of a holiday on home soil this year now have a choice to make. A seaside retreat in Cornwall or Norfolk?
The north is often associated with wild landscapes and industrial cities, and though the former can be beautiful if breezy, and the latter re-energised with start-ups and a cool arts scene, the region may not be everyone’s first choice for a relaxing spa break. Think again! Spa breaks in the north of England are there
The sound of lapping waves on the shoreline, huddles of children giggling as they hunt for sea life in the harbour and the smell of fresh seafood in the air – Great Britain is blessed with a vast and beautiful coastline, along which are dotted an abundance of quintessential seaside villages. With summer 2021 set to be
Summer holidays require choices: lazy or active; seaside or city; chic or wholesome; cultural or camp. And if you’re just having the one trip after quite a spell of delayed gratification, it’s desirable to tick more than one box for the summer splurge. But where to go? Italian charm is legendary. Moules frites by the
There’s nothing better than the feeling of stumbling across a secluded beach – especially during a summer heatwave, when you know the majority of Britain’s sandy shores will be packed with daytrippers. Whether you want to relax with a book in hand between genteel dips in the sea, or gather for a proper picnic with friends
“Pomskizillious and gromphiberous,” was how Edward Lear described the little Maltese island of Gozo, “because no other words can describe its magnificence”. Malta’s little sister, just a few kilometres away across glittering blue waters, Gozo is 14x7km, dotted with flat topped hills and surrounded by impressive cliffs and pretty bays. It packs a lot into
Britain is home to some exemplary beaches. And with the sun finally shining, it’s time to start planning a day at the beach. To help you pick the best stretch of sand to visit this summer, we asked our experts to recommend their favourite beaches around the country. Some of the nominations are deservedly popular
Let’s face it: hiring a car adds a serious complication to your holiday. Firstly there’s the stress of hurtling along motorways and creeping up perilous hills on the “wrong” side of the road, in an unfamiliar vehicle. Then that second glass of a zingy albariño is suddenly out of the question. Finally there’s that nagging
Scholars have flocked to Oxford since the 13th century when the first of its 39 university colleges were established. As you wander down its cobbled backstreets lined with medieval halls and ornate chapels, the weight of academic achievement seems to seep from the walls. History has a very conspicuous presence here, whether you walk in
Why would anybody go on a cruise, especially with Covid to contend with? At the start of the pandemic I wrote a detailed account of how one luxury vessel, the Diamond Princess, cruising Asia, became known as “the Corona plague ship” after there were nearly 700 cases on-board, leaving passengers then staff quarantined on-board for