Sa Calobra, Mallorca’s big climb
©George Marshall

Catch me if you can

As the market for ‘ride with the pro’ cycling holidays takes off, Simon Usborne trains alongside Tour de France veteran David Millar

Destination inspiration

Rose Cottage at Dormy House
Hotels and holiday homes that are perfect for a short break from the city
The open road in southwest Iceland ©Luz Photo
Sail into deepest Myanmar or drive the route of Italy’s Mille Miglia road race: the world’s best road trips and river journeys
Joe Kidd takes his fatbike over some rocky outcrops on the Oregon coast ©Tim Neville
From a ‘fatbike’ tour of Oregon’s coast to heli-biking in New Zealand and a cycle trip through the Bhutanese Himalayas
Bhanu, a new Asiatic lion at the London Zoo
©Zoological Society of London

Sleeping lions at London Zoo

The city’s latest overnight stay comes with unusual neighbours — big cats

©Matthew Cook

Postcard from . . . the Black Forest

The village of Durbach is home to almost 300 distilleries — one for every 13 residents

Lufthansa Technik’s proposed spa design for the ACJ350

Short cuts: updates from Toulouse and London

Airbus’s private, ultra-long-range version of A350 and Robert De Niro’s Covent Garden hotel plan

On the trail of the Siberian tiger

Deep in the Russian wilderness, an expert on this rare beast has opened his research base to visitors

Cloud swirls around the temple on the summit of Adam’s Peak
©Dominic Sansoni/Three Blind Men

Sri Lanka’s stairway to heaven

A night-time ascent of the country’s holiest mountain

©Matthew Cook

Postcard from . . . the Belgian Riviera

The world’s longest tram journey offers the chance to witness a nation as it relaxes in its own backyard

The Sukhoi Superjet 100

Short cuts: Updates from Dublin, California, London and Cornwall

Artificial summer snow; Cityjet’s Russian planes; first nonstop flights between Britain and Chile; Cornwall’s cycle ‘surfari’

The Glen Etive on her maiden voyage
©Horatio Clare

Highland hopping

With the world’s largest cruise ship in the news, here the Glen Etive, perhaps the world’s smallest, sets sail on its maiden voyage through the Hebrides

A member of the tour in the Quebrada de las Conchas
©Carole Cadwalladr

Riding high in northern Argentina

Fuelled by steak and fine Malbec, Carole Cadwalladr experiences cycle touring at its most luxurious

Postcard from . . . Chiang Mai

A five-star hotel has put the artistic and eccentric Nimman district on the tourist map

I never leave home without . . . 

Photographer Terry O’Neill never hits the road without two favourite albums

Short cuts: Updates from Iran, London, Queenstown and Abu Dhabi

Mountain Heaven’s escorted ski trips; Gatwick airport’s self-service check-in; Jagged Edge villa for rent; Warner Bros theme park

Serengeti: the track less beaten

Millions of animals migrate across the region each year. Horatio Clare heads in the opposite direction

Sailing the Channel, 18th-century style

Aboard a cargo vessel doing trade the old-fashioned way, Andrew Eames takes a hands-on voyage

Hotel Insider: the Bklyn House, New York

Brooklyn’s latest bohemian hotel lacks authenticity — except where it’s least wanted

Postcard from . . . Sardinia

‘When the suckling pig was produced from the wood-fired oven, we wilted at the sight’

Short cuts: Updates from St Helena, San Francisco and Sweden 

A safe landing at the island’s new airport; SFMoMa reopens; and a culinary app

Tintagel’s return of the king

Will an imposing statue bring a new generation of Arthurians to Cornwall or has the commercialism gone too far?

Sumo — how a dance critic got gripped

Louise Levene experiences an unexpected passion for Japan’s gravity-defying star athletes

Postcard from . . . Easter Island

Local divers claim that the lack of pollution and algae make the water among the clearest on the planet

On location: ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’

The ethereal British locations stand out in this prequel

Svalbard: tourism’s final frontier

Can an Arctic coal mining outpost reinvent itself as a holiday destination?

The true blues of New Orleans

Can hiring a ‘cultural engineer’ help a new hotel become part of the city’s authentic music scene?

I never leave home without . . .

Unesco adviser James Rebanks explains why he never flies without his copy of JA Baker’s ‘The Hill of Summer’

Short cuts: Updates from London, South Georgia and Paris

Thoms Cook’s ‘bohemian’ brand; in Shackleton’s footsteps; cycling disc brakes ban

Free-diving in Mozambique

A new course offers underwater adventures without scuba gear

Cabin fever

The world’s airlines come to Hamburg every April to find new ways to woo business travellers

Postcard from . . . Quirpon Island

At the northern tip of Newfoundland, a lighthouse now welcomes guests and offers mesmerising views of the passing icebergs

I never leave home without . . .

Mountaineer Mostafa Salameh explains why he never flies without his Koran

Short cuts: Updates from London, Paris and Stratford-upon-Avon

The world’s longest tubular slide; a hotel at Versailles; and Shakespeare’s school room

Into the furnace in Iran

A journey to the hottest place on earth

Out on the tiles

In search of handmade tiles in Seville, Emma Love finds an industry with an illustrious past and an uncertain future

Postcard from . . . Cumbria

One weekend every spring, a Lake District town becomes a mecca for marmalade lovers

Short cuts: Updates from London, US and Switzerland

US Embassy reborn as a hotel; world’s busiest airport; a UK-Utah link and trips to the world’s longest rail tunnel

A toast to California’s next Napa

El Dorado and Amador counties are emerging as compelling destinations for wine lovers

Shaking up Milan’s Pinacoteca di Brera

A new director is transforming one of the world’s greatest collections of Renaissance art

Postcard from . . . Ukraine

Despite ongoing conflict and economic meltdown, Bukovel is probably the world’s fastest growing winter sports resort

Short cuts: Updates from the Caribbean, Galápagos and Nashville

David Bowie’s island retreat available for rent; Galápagos tour with Richard Dawkins; Italian supercar show

Antarctica: the world’s coldest cruise

Retracing the course of Shackleton’s doomed expedition, one century on


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