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Fabulous flora & fauna (May 2015)
While nature provides a colourful backdrop to any Inntravel holiday, the flora and fauna of our chosen regions can also be a real focal point for enjoyment. And, as with many aspects of a Slow holiday, doing a little planning, using local knowledge and taking time to observe can bring rich rewards.
The unique allure of Paris (May 2015)
Amid the endless travel possibilities that the world has to offer, it’s sometimes easy to forget that the best-loved – and arguably most beautiful – city of all lies practically on our doorstep. And following the tragic events earlier this year, Paris has dusted itself off and is, if anything, even more ravishing than ever.
The Italian Lakes (May 2015)
‘The Great Lakes’ of northern Italy are ravishingly beautiful, and to admire them on foot is a joy. And although they all fuse mountainous splendour and glittering shoreline to spectacular effect, each has its own identity – its own unique character…
¡Benvinguts a Mallorca! (April 2015)
We’ve just returned from checking our cycling routes on the island of Mallorca – and it was simply magical. The countryside was enchanting, the cycling leisurely and the people an absolute delight.
The taste of Provence (April 2015)
Almonds, pistachios, vanilla, lavender and honey – gently heat them all together with eggs and sugar, and you have the heady taste of Provence in one unctuous, sticky bar of deliciousness: le nougat.
A breath of fresh air (April 2015)
Ingrid Bergman – who would have been 100 this year – caused a sensation when, in the 1930s, she landed in Hollywood. Her ‘Nordic freshness and vitality’ was hailed as a ‘breath of fresh air’ – much as we have come to view our holidays on Sweden’s west coast, her summer playground for many years.
The Apennines, where hospitality comes naturally (April 2015)
Here are ten things we love about the Apennine mountains of northern Italy: 1) The tranquillity. This is Italy off the tourist map, a delightfully little-known mountain region. 2) The walking. The Apennine range forms Italy’s spine and offers some of the country’s finest walking trails. 3) The food...
Lessons from the Loire (April 2015)
I liked to think that I knew the Loire fairly well. After all, I’d propelled a rowing boat through the resplendent arches of Chenonceau, and I just about knew my Chinon from my Chenin Blanc...
Capture the moment (March 2015)
We were bowled over by the quality of entries for last year’s Slow Moments photography competition. So much so, that we’ve decided to do it all over again! We’ve got an amazing prize lined up for this year’s overall winner: our 12-night Grand Tour of Switzerland journey.
Made locally (March 2015)
There’s something special about discovering people who still produce things of genuine quality using their own skill, knowledge and endeavour. This holds true whether we’re at home or travelling abroad; and seeking out regional experts is an essential part of our Slow Holidays philosophy.
Ibiza unmasked (March 2015)
Last week, our Spanish expert went to Ibiza. He wasn’t partying or soaking up the sun (although with temperatures already in their mid-teens, there was a bit of that). No, he was working… Or walking, to be precise: he was putting the finishing touches to our brand new holiday in the island’s north-east corner.
Dolomighty (March 2015)
South Tyrol, where Italy and Austria collide, blends an Alpine sense of practicality with Italian joie-de-vivre. It is also home to some astonishing mountain scenery, including the iconic, jagged Dolomite peaks.
Cycling heaven (February 2015)
“What a captivating landscape it is, with its brick-red earth splashed with emerald vegetation and drowsing, biscuit-coloured villages.” (Daily Express)
We couldn’t have put it better ourselves, which is why we reckon the Catalan Coast & Villages make pretty perfect cycling country.
Germany revealed (February 2015)
Until recently, Inntravel didn’t have a single holiday in Germany. Not one. But with Berlin being touted as the most fun city in the world, and the landscapes of Bavaria proving so idyllic for walkers and cyclists, we’re very glad that has all changed.
Time for a break? (February 2015)
We all need a break from time to time, to re-energise and experience something different, so why not set aside a few days in your diary? Planning and booking a holiday is such a great way to boost our spirits during winter, and we have several new breaks to tempt you.
Perennial Portugal (February 2015)
Discovering the very soul of a place can be a deeply enriching experience, all the more so if you make the effort to go that extra mile and explore somewhere less well-known and that is relatively untouched by time. One such place is the Serra de São Mamede in Alentejo, close to the border with Spain.
Tales from Morocco (January 2015)
Whether you’re on the lookout for a ‘family holiday with a difference’, or know others who might be, we hope you like the sound of our new Moroccan adventure – a real feast for the senses that’s perfect for inquisitive children and their equally curious parents.
Hot spots for 2015 (January 2015)
It’s our busiest time of year, and we’re already beginning to see which holidays are proving to be most in demand. We’ve added destinations like Ibiza and the Moselle Valley, which are attracting lots of interest, though our old favourites are giving them a good run for their money in the popularity stakes.
And the snow lay all around... (January 2015)
Conditions for cross-country skiing and other winter activities couldn’t be better, and it looks good for the rest of the season. Skiing was invented in Norway, or so the story goes, with the word ‘ski’ coming from an Old Norse word meaning a ‘split piece of wood’.
Another dimension (December 2014)
We’re delighted to be able to share the winning entry to our Discovery Competition – a ‘slow moment’ captured on the Lofoten Islands. We received over 150 entries in all, featuring destinations as diverse as Denmark, Japan, Ireland and Antarctica, and our five judges found it tough to pick a winner.
Take a peek (December 2014)
New for 2015 are three exhilarating high-altitude walking holidays in northern Italy and the Pyrenees. But it’s not all about mountains. Our gentle holiday in Ibiza features plenty of coastal walking, while a common theme of our new German holidays is history, especially on our rail journey Beyond the Iron Curtain.
The future’s orange! (November 2014)
The province of Valencia in Spain is renowned for its oranges. It’s the pre-eminent corner of Europe when it comes to these ochreous globes of deliciousness; and the groves here, basking in their balmy climate alongside the banks of the River Júcar, are blessed with the perfect locale for orange-ripening.
Austrian allure (November 2014)
The historic city of Salzburg prides itself on some of the best Christmas markets in Europe. Streets, glittering with colourful lights, lead to squares filled with enticing stalls and alive with the rousing cheer of revellers awaiting the imminent arrival of the Christkind, or gift-bringers, of Austrian folklore.
Can you see the join? (November 2014)
Walk through the streets of Berlin today and you’ll be hard-pressed to find traces of the divisive wall that once characterised this great city. The scar that sliced its way through Berlin’s heart has been all but erased, though not obliterated from memory – as you can discover for yourself on our new journey.
Seven Islands, One World (November 2014)
Enjoying year-round sunshine with balmy winters and tropical summers, the Canary Islands have long been a magnet for sun and fun seekers. But move away from the path that’s worn thin with tourist feet and you’ll discover fascinating landscapes and picturesque hamlets.
‘Lucky’ grapes (October 2014)
As the first ‘bong’ of the midnight hour chimes on New Year’s Eve, revellers across the Spanish-speaking world excitedly begin the countdown to another year – clutching a bunch of grapes! No ordinary grapes these, but ‘lucky’ grapes – the uvas de la suerte – that form part of a very Spanish tradition.
Winter our way (October 2014)
A snow holiday doesn’t have to mean aching thighs, busy bars and crowded slopes. You see, there are two sides to every mountain and while you could just follow the crowds merrily downhill, why not explore Europe’s magnificent snow-covered scenery our way?
This is your moment (September 2014)
To be in with a chance of winning a walking holiday on Gran Canaria, all you have to do is send us your own special ‘moment of discovery’, captured in an evocative image and a few words. Shortlisted entries will be exhibited at Discovery Day and the winner announced by photographer Joe Cornish.
A mystery on Malta (September 2014)
They can be seen at several locations on Malta and its smaller neighbour Gozo – parallel grooves cut into the bedrock that end abruptly at the cliff edge, or simply disappear under the sea...The ‘Cart Ruts’, as they are known, are just one of many archaeological mysteries that abound.
The far, Far North (September 2014)
If it exists anywhere, the Wild, Wild North is up in the Svalbard archipelago, the world’s most northerly settled land. But the ends of the earth have never been more inviting. The Gulf Stream’s warming effects make conditions far less harsh than expected, enabling visitors to enjoy a variety of adventurous pursuits.
The town is the screen (August 2014)
We’re excited to be heading back to the attractive Elizabethan walled town of Berwick-upon-Tweed shortly, as part of our support for the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, which takes place from 17 to 21 September.
Ancient Fuerteventura (August 2014)
There are seven major Canary Islands. Until now, we had walking holidays exploring the unspoiled heart of six of them. That has now changed with the introduction of Fuerteventura, the oldest and original member of the archipelago.
A slow life, an interesting life... (August 2014)
David Grech, author, artist and regular Inntraveller, shared with us some special moments that he captured in pen and watercolour sketches on his travels around Europe. We can now share his evocative images with you through a dedicated gallery on The Slow Lane.
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.