An early 19th-century watchtower, now the Tainaron Blue Retreat guesthouse
©George Messaritakis

Walks amid the watchtowers of the Mani

William Dalrymple explores the wild mountains and ancient churches of Greece’s far south

Destination inspiration

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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
Who - Danger signs in Imber
Where - Army training area and abandoned town of Imber 
When - 23/08/2015
Why - Visting the abandoned town of Imber

By bus to the ‘ghost village’ of Imber

For one day a year, buses run to an English village with no residents. By Matthew Engel

©Matthew Cook

Postcard from . . . Kuala Lumpur

By day it’s a working helipad on the roof of a tower block — by night it’s a bar in the sky

Mwapo and Musa rest while hunting
©Mike Carter

On holiday with hunter-gatherers

A chance to live alongside the nomadic Hadza tribe

Abbotsford House, former home of Walter Scott, and the Eildon Hills
©Angus Bremner

Scotland’s new £294m railway

A new rail line will offer a fast track to the region that inspired Sir Walter Scott

I never leave home without . . . 

Cameraman Keith Partridge on why he never travels without a roll of duct tape

Children show their support for Beijing’s bid at Yanqing, venue for the Alpine skiing events
©Simon Song

Skiing in China

Choice of Beijing as 2022 Winter Olympics host shocked many. What’s skiing there like, asks Jamil Anderlini

Illustration of the Horchatería Santa Catalina by Aurelia Lange
©Aurelia Lange

Postcard from . . . Valencia

On a broiling Mediterranean afternoon, there is nothing quite as refreshing as a glass of iced horchata

The Messner Mountain Museum in Kronplatz
©Werner Huthmacher

Reinhold Messner: king of the mountains

The world’s greatest living climber has completed his series of mountain museums with a bold new building by Zaha Hadid

Champion surfer Alan Stokes at Surf Snowdonia
©Nick Humphrey

Surf Snowdonia brings the wave to Wales

A revolutionary surf centre has opened on an artificial lake eight miles from the sea. India Ross takes the plunge

Postcard from . . . Louisiana

On the banks of the Mississippi, the Whitney Plantation is America’s first museum dedicated to slavery

Short cuts: Updates from Liverpool, Riyadh and London

A floating artwork along Manchester Ship Canal; direct flight linking LA and Riyadh; and a new boutique hotel in Notting Hill

Carry on cruising: 175 years of Cunard

Ian Thomson joins a celebratory cruise recreating the 1840 voyage that changed ocean travel forever

Sean Scully’s hymn to high art in Spain

An ancient, mountaintop church near Barcelona has been transformed by the painter

Postcard from . . . Cliftonville

The return of the sea-bathing machine is a sign that the tide is turning for this down-at-heel town on the Kent coast

Short cuts: Updates Greenland, Japan, Seychelles and UK

British ascent of the Mirror Wall; Aman group’s new hotel; Mini Moke’s relaunch; World of Wedgwood opens

Beyond the bullet train: the heart of rural Japan

Caroline Daniel explores the villages hoping that arts, crafts and tourism will provide a lifeline

Hotel insider: the future of B&B

After designing and managing some of the world’s hippest hotels, two industry veterans have turned their attention to the humble bed and breakfast

Postcard from . . . Kenya

The Lewa marathon is one of the world’s toughest, thanks to heat, high altitude — and the risk of running into lions, leopards and cheetahs

I never leave home without . . . 

Pilot Mark Vanhoenacker explains why he never flies without two handwritten pages in Lithuanian

A no man’s island in the Caribbean

Living out a castaway fantasy is easy on Little Corn, off the coast of Nicaragua, writes Chris Bryant

Postcard from . . . Japan

Next weekend, around 200,000 people are expected at the ancient samurai horseracing festival held near the Fukushima exclusion zone

The poet-preachers of Tamil Nadu

Is a centuries-old tradition about to end in a corner of southern India? William Dalrymple reports

Hotel insider: the Gainsborough, Bath

Almost a decade in the making, a new hotel is the first to tap into the city’s thermal waters. Tom Robbins reports

Postcard from . . . Louisiana

Visitors to Angola Prison Rodeo come to see ‘the wildest show in the South’

Rebranding Norfolk’s Broads

How do you reinvent a very British holiday spot that has changed little in decades?

Hotel insider: Le Domaine des Etangs, France

The daughter of one of France’s wealthiest men has turned his former holiday home into a lavish retreat

Postcard from . . . Alpe d’Huez

The climb up this summit is an exuberant spectacle of squalid, manic hedonism, the Glastonbury of sport

I never leave home without . . . chillis

Robert Macfarlane explains why his rucksack is never without his favourite snack

Peace and prehistory in Somaliland

Warmth and intimacy set the country apart from its troubled neighbour Somalia — and make it an antidote to modern tourism. By Stanley Stewart

Baltic castaway: fishing in Estonia

Ian Thomson explores gloriously wild, trout-filled rivers

Postcard from . . . Snowdonia

A new underground assault course has opened in an abandoned Welsh mine, featuring bridges, ladders — and nine zip lines

Short cuts: updates from London, Zurich, Devon

KidZania’s new European flagship, Swiss abandons free ski carriage, and a new ‘Pig’ joins the litter

The wilds of Alaska

Matthew Engel explores the wildlife, glaciers and ghost towns of the 49th state

Scuba-diving for kids in the Caribbean

Jacques Cousteau’s son has opened a diving school ideal for children. Sophy Roberts takes the plunge

The new breed of travel magazines

Rather than killing off print, the web has helped foster an unlikely boom, writes Tom Robbins

On location: ‘The Third Man’

More than 60 years after the film’s release, the landmarks that appear in it still attract legions of fans

Stately home to rent for the weekend

Why a sumptuous stately home is available for you and your family to live like lords

Postcard from . . . Kent

Walmer Castle — the Duke of Wellington’s seaside home

Short cuts: Rome

Alitalia relaunches, with new livery and cabin designs

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