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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.
The magic of India (May 2013)
We never cease to be amazed by the comments and feedback we receive from our customers who travel to India. This country makes a huge impression – it captivates and enthrals from the moment you arrive. But our village-to-village walking holidays here, created in partnership with our friends at Village Ways, are truly unique because they enable you to encounter rural communities in majestic places, where the people will offer you hospitality and a warmth of welcome that are humbling.
Europe’s Grandest Tour (May 2013)
Travel into the heart of Switzerland and witness for yourself the beauty of the Alps in all their majesty. Switzerland really does boast some of Europe’s – if not the world’s – grandest landscapes and there’s no better way to see the magnificent peaks of the Jungfrau, Eiger and Mönch, than on a Grand Tour. Make the most of the country’s excellent railway network, famed for its efficiency, to discover delightful Alpine villages like Wengen and Zermatt, or Grindelwald, Leukerbad and Kandersteg.
Not only here for the beer (May 2013)
For a country that is synonymous with beer, the wines on offer during my recent trip to the Czech region of South Moravia were something of a revelation! But while the accent here is certainly on grapes, there’s lots more besides: the scenery is terrific, especially on our memorable day’s circuit around the Pálava Hills from the beautiful old town of Mikulov; and the sense of history is palpable.
Porto – a city with everything? (May 2013)
Porto is a place where even the airport is a cut above the rest: passing through the terminals of Francisco de Sa Carneiro with gleaming efficiency, you can’t help but hop onto the new Metro system with a distinct spring in your step. And then there is São Bento railway station, exuding quality in an entirely different manner – its stunning entrance hall, adorned with the finest of trademark Portuguese azulejo tiles, offers the promise of memorable journeys to come.
The magic of South Tyrol (April 2013)
With 300 days of sunshine each year, there’s never a bad time to discover Italy’s South Tyrol. But to enjoy great walking amid arguably Europe’s most dramatic and beautiful scenery, late spring to early autumn is ideal. The jagged peaks of the Dolomites, rising above deep valleys and forested foothills, are truly breathtaking – burning with the golden light of early morning and tinged with luminescent pinks each evening, as the sun dips over the horizon.
Closer than you think (April 2013)
Where can you go whale-watching, walk over lunar landscapes, swim with dolphins, watch cliff-diving, dine on dishes cooked in volcanoes and drink the only tea grown in Europe – all within reach of a surprisingly short flight from London? The answer is the Azores – a remarkable archipelago of spectacularly beautiful, emerald-like islands, set amid the deep blue waters of the Atlantic.
In search of Jemima (April 2013)
The search for the ‘new’ Jemima Morrell, Yorkshire diarist and adventurer, begins here… When tourism pioneer, Mr Thomas Cook, organised his first conducted tour of Switzerland in 1863 (150 years ago), 31-year old Jemima Morrell from Yorkshire was one of several Victorian ladies who leapt at the chance of exploring the Alps, describing her experiences in a fascinating diary. Now, as well as launching our own very special journey through the Swiss Alps to commemorate the event, we are helping Switzerland Tourism in their search for the modern-day Jemima.
Vote with your stomach (March 2013)
Why is it that a delicious and memorable meal enjoyed on holiday is never quite the same when we try to recreate it back home? And how come that bottle of local wine we bring back doesn’t taste nearly as good as it did on the hotel terrace in the sunshine? The mouthwatering Food and Travel magazine is canvassing for votes in order to decide the winners of its second annual awards, which celebrate the best of the best in the worlds of food, wine and travel, so why not cast your own vote?
A taste of west Sweden (March 2013)
Summer in Scandinavia is one of Europe’s best-kept secrets: we love the serene grandeur of Norway, and have recently extolled the virtues of cycling in Denmark, but now it’s time to turn the spotlight on another of our new destinations for 2013 – West Sweden. The beautiful Bohuslän coastline, stretching all the way to the Norwegian border, is an eye-pleasing confection of bright-blue sea and red-and-white fishing villages. Behind it, cocoa-coloured cliffs shelter mysterious Bronze Age rock carvings, while over 8,000 craggy islands crowd the coast.
Deliciously Danish (March 2013)
The Danes seem to have got it just right. Old-fashioned charm blends with forward-looking design in a country regularly topping the charts for quality of life. ‘Hygge’ might be untranslatable, but that could be because it’s so hard to emulate – that typically Danish sense of cosiness, camaraderie and contentment. Of course, if you’re into Scandinavian crime drama, then those dark depictions of Copenhagen will also stick in the mind, but whatever your mental image of the land that brought us Lego and Sarah Lund, Denmark is most definitely going places.
Carla’s Apennines (March 2013)
Carla Lenzi, Inntravel’s Italian ‘fixer’, gives us a taste of her home region, the Apennine Mountains of northern Italy. “My day begins at 7.30am, when Jack – my personal trainer – takes me for a walk. What do I love most about the area? Well, to start with, it offers some of the country’s best walking: our customers follow trails on the lower slopes of peaks rising to almost 2,000 metres, and I never get tired of the views!”
Ringing in spring (February 2013)
Have you heard of A Bell for Ursli, the delightfully illustrated children’s storybook with which every Swiss child is familiar? A little boy named Ursli must find a big cowbell so that he can lead the spring procession through his village. After spending a scary and lonely night at his family's chalet high in the mountains… well, we don’t want to tell you the rest, but we suspect that everything turns out OK in the end! The story is based around the charming tradition of Chandalamarz which takes place in the villages of the Engadine Valley on 1 March each year.
When is a cow not a cow? (February 2013)
You may have noticed that there’s been a bit of a furore in the news lately about certain foods not actually being all they appear to be. It just goes to show that if we want to be sure about the quality of our food, whether we’re cooking ourselves or eating out, we need to know where it’s produced. Now, this is nothing new – the Slow Food Movement has been promoting locally sourced food for years, mainly as a counter to fast food and all it entails.