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Escape from Alcatraz: a swim from the Rock to San Francisco

Escape from Alcatraz: a swim from the Rock to San Francisco

With a graceless leap I plunged from the safety of the boat into San Francisco Bay, cursing myself for the foolhardiness of willingly reconstructing the most infamous and desperate prison escape in history. Alcatraz loomed large above as I bobbed up...

Guardian, yesterday, 04:01
 

Coastal charms and Michelin stars: a food tour of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

From fresh seafood in Donegal to the artisan cheeses of Kerry, Ireland’s west coast is awash with tasty experiences Main image: Killala Bay. The Wild Atlantic Way is Ireland’s ultimate road trip – and, at 2,600 km, one of the world’s longest defined...

Guardian, Wednesday, 17:32
 
Barcelona continues crackdown on illegal holiday apartments

Barcelona continues crackdown on illegal holiday apartments

For tourists to Barcelona who want to avoid being duped by fake listings on holiday apartment websites and social media accounts, or who simply wish to be more ethical visitors, the city council has created a website providing checks on whether a...

Guardian, Tuesday, 18:41
 
Send us a tip on UK waterparks for the chance to win a £200 hotel voucher

Send us a tip on UK waterparks for the chance to win a £200 hotel voucher

Brilliant waterparks aren’t just for kids … they can be great places for everyone to learn new skills (like surfing), get an adrenalin kick (some slides deliver serious g-force) or gain confidence in the water while having fun. Some are part of theme...

Guardian, Tuesday, 18:41
 
Yaliçapkini restaurant is only two miles from Turkey’s raucous Dalyan – but also a world away

Yaliçapkini restaurant is only two miles from Turkey’s raucous Dalyan – but also a world away

Bicycle hire in Dalyan is great value at around 10TL (£2.50) for the day. But where should visitors go? The famous Iztuzu beach is only nine miles away but with a monster hill to climb in 35C. And visiting the Lycian ruins at Kaunos means hauling your...

Guardian, Tuesday, 10:26
 
How does tourism affect where you live?

How does tourism affect where you live?

Locals in tourist hotspots around Europe have been fighting back against what they see as destruction of their neighbourhoods because of unsustainable visitor numbers. Overcrowded streets blamed variously on an unlicensed accommodation sector,...

Guardian, Tuesday, 10:26
 
Datça peninsula holiday guide: what to see plus the best beaches, restaurants and hotels

Datça peninsula holiday guide: what to see plus the best beaches, restaurants and hotels

The spindly, 50-mile-long Datça peninsula in Turkey’s Muğla province is a dagger of pure green at the meeting point of the Aegean and the Mediterranean, and is as unsullied as south-west Turkey gets. The ancient Greeks believed Datça to have been...

Guardian, Tuesday, 08:30
 
Stargazing in Chile: dark skies in the Atacama desert

Stargazing in Chile: dark skies in the Atacama desert

Midnight in the desert. With a group of eight, I am huddled around a telescope 150 times stronger than the naked eye, staring at the night sky. From a dazzling mass of stars, we zoom in on individual pricks of light: a single star, a double, a nebula,...

Guardian, Monday, 16:26
 

Tut roadshow buys Egypt a new museum

The rest of the world has been going crazy for Egypt since circa 12BC when a Roman praetor named Caius Cestius chose to be buried in a marble-veneer pyramid just outside Rome's Ostian Gate. More than a million people have now seen the Tutankhamun...

Guardian, Saturday, 18:01
 
Wingly: will the ‘Uber of the skies’ take off?

Wingly: will the ‘Uber of the skies’ take off?

We’ve had cars and bikes, and now the sharing economy is going airborne with services that allow the public to take to the skies in an affordable way. Flight-sharing websites such as Wingly claim to be bringing private aviation to the masses and...

Guardian, Saturday, 08:13
 

A brief history of the passport

The concept of being under one ruler's protection, while in the lands of another, has probably existed since rulers and lands were first invented, but the earliest mention of an object we might recognise as a passport appears in the Bible, in the...

Guardian, 13 July 2018
 

My favourite travel book, by the world's greatest travel writers

Colin Thubron Ionia: a Quest, by Freya Stark Travel books, like others, change perspective as we grow older, and I can see now that Freya Stark's Ionia: a Quest is an enchanting but disturbingly moralistic account of a journey that this remarkable...

Guardian, 13 July 2018
 

10 of the best contemporary art galleries in Tokyo

SCAI The Bathhouse Tucked away in an old neighbourhood of traditional wooden houses and temples, SCAI The Bathhouse is one of Tokyo's most prestigious contemporary art galleries and perhaps also the most delightful art space in the city. Although the...

Guardian, 13 July 2018
 
A walk in the park? Not so easy as festivals take over green spaces

A walk in the park? Not so easy as festivals take over green spaces

As summer temperatures threaten to set new records, there are few better places to escape the stifling indoor heat than your local park. Yet growing numbers of people are finding their park has been fenced off for weeks to host a music festival. By...

Guardian, 8 July 2018
 

A budget Orient Express

The border guards were impassive men wearing black jackets, guns and surly expressions. It was the middle of the night and a cold, rain-laden wind was whipping the train, halted at a former outpost of the iron curtain. It was classic crime thriller...

Guardian, 7 July 2018
 
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