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City life: Madrid

Spain

City life: Madrid

Bullfighting, long lunches and late nights — Madrid may be just how Hemingway left it, but change is also in the air

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Catalonia: Wind of change

Spain

Catalonia: Wind of change

A growing appetite for independence means these are interesting times for Catalonia. A journey through this proud corner of Spain, from snowy peaks to sandy shores, reveals a defiant, charismatic spirit

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Long weekend: Tenerife

Spain

Long weekend: Tenerife

Go beyond the resorts to the pretty coastal towns and verdant hills of the north for raucous fiestas, starry skies and wild open spaces

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City life: Bruges

Belgium

City life: Bruges

A new breed of creative entrepreneurs and chefs are adding contemporary flair to Bruges — yet the city’s medieval charm endures

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Sleep: Amsterdam

Netherlands

Sleep: Amsterdam

From retired ferries to converted cranes, Amsterdam’s latest crop of hotels includes some genuine oddities. We pick out the best beds in neighbourhoods new and old

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Lunenburg: The Al Capone trail

Canada

Lunenburg: The Al Capone trail

When Al Capone visited Lunenburg, he was a furniture salesman. At least that’s what his business card said. But what was the gangster really up to in this sleepy town? Trouble, that’s what.

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Like a local: Porto

Portugal

Like a local: Porto

Best known for its fortified wine, Porto itself is an intoxicating destination. The economic downturn may have hit it hard, but behind the crumbling façade is a resurgent city offering new diversions and old-fashioned charm

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