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Pots of ‘gold’ (July 2014)
As our boat prepared to dock in the Weather Islands off Sweden’s Bohuslän coast, I was enchanted by the colourful wooden houses scattered across the rocky outcrops. Väderöarna, as the islands are known, offer a sheltered retreat, not just for man but also for the wide array of life that lives here.
Our heritage trail (July 2014)
Thirty years ago Inntravel was founded in the picturesque North Yorkshire village of Hovingham, offering short breaks to traditional auberges in northern France. Today, you can still enjoy some special getaway breaks in Picardy and Normandy, though for our anniversary we thought it would be more fitting to do something really special much closer to home.
Tune in (July 2014)
Tune in to Radio 4 for 15 minutes of pure escapism listening to Chris Stewart, best-selling author of Driving over Lemons, read extracts from his new book, The Last Days of the Bus Club, the latest memoir of his 20 years of sheep farming in Spain. Better still, head to Las Alpujarras yourself for one of our special weeks at Las Chimeneas.
Yellow fever (June 2014)
In a week’s time, all the razzamatazz of the world’s greatest cycle race – the Tour de France – will be rolling through our glorious Yorkshire countryside. The first two stages take place on 5 & 6 July, beginning in Leeds and York, and the county is bracing itself to welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors. Are you planning to be among them?
Royal vistas (June 2014)
Lake Lucerne is Switzerland’s most beautiful lake. Panoramic pathways weave their way through the surrounding mountains, but it would be hard work to follow them all on foot. Luckily, the network of steam boats, cog railways and cable cars makes for leisurely walking.
Welcome to the Slow Lane (May 2014)
Over the years, we’ve come across many stories that add richness and depth to our holidays and now we can share them with you in our new online magazine, ‘The Slow Lane’, a celebration of places, events, people, traditions and food, brought to life through features from a growing number of contributors.
As nature intended (April 2014)
Imagine walking through a mountain landscape where nature has been left to its own devices. Where marmots whistle, ibex and chamois graze, and golden eagles soar. 100 years ago Switzerland created Europe's first National Park, since when this majestic corner of the Alps has been left to manage itself.
Once upon a time in Alsace (April 2014)
Whichever way you choose to spend this coming weekend, let’s hope the weather is kind and that the Easter Bunny pays a visit. But where and when did the traditions of bunnies and chocolate eggs start? Inntravel's Alison Hall explains...
Border crossings (April 2014)
There is something intriguing about crossing borders. There is often no visible demarcation – the landscapes, the settlements, the people seem similar at first glance. However, once a man-made line is superimposed, subtle changes take place as the peoples start to develop completely different identities.
High route above the seven capes (March 2014)
I had been looking forward to exploring The Seven Capes of Lycia – the first section of southern Turkey’s long-distance footpath, the Lycian Way – but the walking – high above the coast one minute, down by the sea the next – was more exhilarating than I could have imagined.
Colourful impressions of southern France (March 2014)
We love Provence – it’s one of our favourite corners of deepest France. So, for a different and more personal perspective, we asked hikers and diners par excellence, Jack and Andy from Buzz Trips, to share their own impressions of the Southern Rhône, where they’ve been researching our new holidays.
On the right track (March 2014)
With passenger numbers growing year by year, we could be forgiven for thinking that we are now entering a new ‘golden age’ of rail travel… There’s no doubt that for many taking the train appeals far more than flying, with fewer restrictions, city-to-city connections and room to move about making it more relaxing.
Blown away by the Faroe Islands (March 2014)
This cluster of 18 volcanic islands, occupying a far-flung patch of the Norwegian Sea midway between north-west Scotland and south-east Iceland, is really rather special. I was lucky enough to find out why, when I went to research our new walking holiday there recently.
Local life in full technicolour (February 2014)
Carnivals come in all shapes, decibels and sizes, so if you’re looking to add extra colour to your holiday this spring, join in a local festival, from the boisterous Fasnacht celebrations of the German-speaking Alpine regions to the Latin-style parades of Tenerife’s Carnival.
Always a good idea (February 2014)
Taking a short break is something we might not always think of doing, but we’re almost always glad we did (especially when we’re well and truly tired of the rain and the cold at home)! So all you need to do is plan a few days in the diary and be prepared to discover some wonderful scenery.
Inspirational Nepal (February 2014)
“It was the views that did it for us. Standing at the very top of Sailung, at 3146m, feeling the warmth of a rising sun, a full moon sinking to the west, surrounded by ancient stone shrines, no-one else but us, waves of hills in all directions as far as the eye could see, knowing that the mountains ahead were still more than twice the height we stood at...that was very special.”
Hot spots for 2014 (January 2014)
Well, the phones are certainly hot at the moment here and the email inbox is bulging to bursting point. Not that we’re complaining – we’re really pleased that so many of you seem to be planning your summer holidays right now or looking for a winter break in the sun. Need some more inspiration? Let's take a look at what’s most popular at the moment...
Come and meet us! (December 2013)
The Times presents Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show shortly and we’re really looking forward to taking part. You can come and see us at EventCity in Manchester (23-26 January) or at Earls Court in London (6-9 February) and discuss your holiday plans face-to-face with Inntravel staff.
Holidays for 2014 (December 2013)
We always try to bring you some wonderful new walking destinations each year, and 2014 is no exception. You could be exploring the truly breathtaking landscapes of the Faroe Islands; walking between the Seven Capes of Lycia on Turkey's Mediterranean coast; or enjoying the tranquillity of the Hill-Top Towns of Alentejo in eastern Portugal.
Flamboyant cities of the south (December 2013)
When our travels took us to three of Spain's most flamboyant cities, Seville, Córdoba and Granada, we were awestruck by the amazing Mezquita, Alcázar and Alhambra. Combining all three UNESCO World Heritage Sites into one holiday seemed like a must, and so we did – The Splendours of Al-Andalus, a luxurious 6-night journey by rail.
Local flavours (November 2013)
When it comes to holidays, planning, pondering and deciding are very much part of the experience. The same can be said for picking wines for a special occasion. Here at Inntravel we think of ourselves more as wine enthusiasts than experts, so we’ve teamed up with the good folk at Laithwaite’s Wine.
Mozart’s mountains (November 2013)
There’s something magical about jetting into Salzburg for a winter holiday… The mountains that surround this famously musical Austrian city (Mozart’s birthplace) provide scintillating views, and – even if you don’t linger here – you know you’ve come to a very special part of the world.
Way out west... (October 2013)
We have known and loved Madeira, ‘the floating garden’, for a long time – our Waterways & Flowers walking holiday in the east of the island has been popular for many years – but it’s only recently that we have come to fully appreciate the drama and beauty ‘way out west’. Not only does it have levadas – those wonderful flower-lined waterways that are a joy to follow – but the western landscapes also feature deep gorges, rugged mountains, wild expanses of moorland, and a dramatic coastline with the second highest sea cliffs in the world – the views will take your breath away.
A Bohemian Christmas (October 2013)
Prague, the vibrant Czech capital, really comes alive during the run-up to Christmas. Visitors flock from far and wide to take in the festive atmosphere and spectacular Christmas Markets in Old Town Square: there are countless stalls selling gifts, warming food and hot wine, and thousands of lights illuminating one of the world’s most beautiful meeting places. But, wonderful though all this is, don’t just follow the crowds: we'll give you an insider’s guide to enjoying an authentically Bohemian Christmas.
Visit the ‘home of skiing’ (September 2013)
Where better to go cross-county skiing this winter than in the land where it all began? And who better to share their love of skiing (cross country or downhill for that matter) with you than the gregarious Hovi family, who have been running their business in the atmospheric village of Beitostølen in the heart of the Norwegian Highlands since the 1960s? We were told about charismatic Steinar Hovi – and the story about how he came to start his business – on a visit there last winter. We were intrigued by what we heard…
Celebrate with the locals... (September 2013)
How would you prefer to see in 2014? A Hogmanay hootenanny in eye-catching Edinburgh, perhaps, or a riotous knees-up close to home? Well, might we suggest something a little bit different this time around – in the warmth of southern Europe? The peaceful village of Alájar won’t blow you away on New Year’s Eve. Quite the opposite, in fact: this delightfully gastronomic corner of Andalucía, nestling in a fold of Spain’s ‘secret’ sierra, will draw you in, seduce you with its understated charms, and just as surely capture your heart.
The last outpost (August 2013)
Ancient juniper trees bent double by the winds; a vast escarpment dominating the rocky shore; atmospheric laurisilva and stands of towering pine trees – this is El Hierro, once thought to be the very ‘ends of the earth’… It remains a gloriously unspoiled island where you can get well and truly off the ‘beaten track’ – and forms the latest addition to our selection of Canary Island walking holidays.
Mallorca made easy (August 2013)
As we think ahead to the coming autumn, winter and spring, one region that’s never far from our minds is the Tramuntana Sierra in Mallorca’s north-west corner. Is it because of the superlative landscape, with rugged mountains plunging into the deep-blue sea? Or is it due to the benevolent climate, with the water staying warm well into November and almond blossom coating the hills as early as February? Or could it be down to the tasty Mallorcan cuisine or the wonderfully well-waymarked footpaths which criss-cross the terrain? In truth, it is all of these things and more… but what we think of most when we think of Mallorca are the people.
Along sunny trails (July 2013)
The latest edition of our brochure, Walking and More, is full of inspiration for anyone wishing to take a deliciously Slow Holiday this coming autumn, winter or spring. From the surprisingly untouched mountains and coastline of western Cyprus to our remarkable journey around western Sicily – taking in fascinating Palermo, the elegant wine-producing town of Marsala and the astounding Doric temple at Segesta – the varied destinations we offer over the winter months are ones we know well.
Cycling in the slow lane (July 2013)
What do we love about France? Let us count the ways… The incredible diversity of landscapes and deeply proud regional traditions; the wine and cheese; the mellifluous flow of the language with its seductive accent; the inextinguishable pride in being French; the mouth-watering gastronomic traditions; and, oh… did we mention the cheese?! And then there are the bikes, of course. The French love of cycling is no secret…
Let the adventure begin (June 2013)
A very special Grand Tour of Switzerland is about to set off! A journey through the majestic Alps by rail, cable car, horse-drawn carriage, mule and even sedan chair! What could be grander than that? For this is no ordinary journey – it is a commemoration of the very first conducted tour to Switzerland, following in the footsteps of Victorian pioneer, Miss Jemima Morrell, a young woman from Yorkshire who travelled to the Alps in 1863.
The locals call it God’s own county (June 2013)
As those of you who have visited our offices will know, we are fortunate to occupy one of the most idyllic workplaces you can imagine: the view from the window is picture-perfect at times. Just across the rolling Howardian Hills lie the quaint, stone-built North Yorkshire villages on the edge of the Moors, where sheep graze peacefully among hill farms, divided by miles of dry-stone walls and winding lanes. Perhaps my favourite spot is delightful Levisham, where the Horseshoe Inn sits invitingly at the top of a long, wide village green.