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Talisker, our canine cover star
Inntravel photographer Penny Kendall tells us how she came to know our latest Snow brochure cover star, Talisker the husky.
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Penny Kendall
20 Nov 2018 | 0 comments
Cats of the Himalaya
Photographer Cathy Cooper shares her favourite feline memories – and some wonderful images – from her travels in the Himalaya.
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Cathy Cooper
12 Nov 2018 | 0 comments
Impressions of South Tyrol
Sarah, Karla, Marie-Louise and Gillian snuck away from their desks recently for a whistle-stop tour of South Tyrol, where we offer a variety of walking holidays. Here are some of their highlights...
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Charlotte Collier
07 Nov 2018 | 0 comments
Variety is the spice of life
Never having been on a snow holiday before, Inntravel’s Beth Hancock decided she’d try a different activity every day when she holidayed in the Leutasch Valley last winter.
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Beth Hancock
10 Oct 2018 | 0 comments
On the edge of the Frozen North
Inntravel filmmaker Robert Crampton recalls his experiences in Arctic Norway – at our guesthouse close to the Russian border and at the helm of a husky sled.
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Bob Crampton
10 Oct 2018 | 0 comments
Frozen secrets
Inntravel route-finder and Switzerland-based ski expert Eric Kendall tells us of his fascination with glaciers, and the surprises they sometimes throw up.
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Eric Kendall
08 Oct 2018 | 0 comments
Cross-country paradise
Travel writer Emily Mawson discovers a true winter wonderland during a cross-country skiing trip to the Engadine in Switzerland.
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Emily Mawson (writer)
05 Oct 2018 | 0 comments
Nordic exploring
Inntravel's Steve Jack reveals the 10 things you should definitely  embrace on our new winter journey, Nordic Cities Explorer...
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Steve Jack
04 Oct 2018 | 0 comments
Our Spanish ‘home from home’
We've introduced them to the delights of the Catalan Coast, to spectacular Asturias and sunny Almería. But, for Inntravellers Jackie & David Matthews, there's no place quite like the Costa de la Luz...
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Jackie Matthews
03 Oct 2018 | 1 comments
A Truly Magical Valley

Regular Inntravellers David and Jenny Grech have just returned from walking trip in northern Italy's Valle Maira. Here, David – an accomplished artist – uses his sketchbook to illuminate his engaging account of the holiday.

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David Grech, artist
19 Sep 2018 | 0 comments
7 ways to enjoy Córdoba
It’s always possible to get off the beaten track, even in a popular city. Inntravel’s Beatriz Chanfreut Pelaez, a native of Córdoba, reveals seven of the most authentic ways to explore her former home.
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Aimée Smith
14 Sep 2018 | 0 comments
A Bohemian Christmas
Inntravel’s Steve Jack recalls a visit to Prague, the endlessly fascinating Czech capital, during the run-up to Christmas.
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Steve Jack
07 Sep 2018 | 0 comments
Treasure Island
Inntravel’s Aimée Smith investigates the centuries-old legend surrounding the newest Canary Island…
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Aimée Smith
31 Aug 2018 | 0 comments
Welcome to Ribadesella
Vast expanses of golden sand, an excellent array of restaurants and a warm and characterful hotel – blogger and first-time Inntraveller Selina Lovell tells us what she loves about the Asturian town of Ribadesella.
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Selina Lovell
17 Aug 2018 | 0 comments
Traditions of the Costa Verde

Earlier this summer, Peter Williamson returned from Asturias, a green and verdant land, steeped in tradition, where age-old farming practices are still very much in evidence.

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Peter Williamson
17 Aug 2018 | 0 comments
Meanders through a proud land
In early summer, Peter Williamson visited Catalonia and found a land steeped in history and a people bursting with pride in their homleand and its heritage.
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Peter Williamson
02 Aug 2018 | 0 comments
Ten memories of Asturias
If walking amid high peaks, whilst enjoying glorious views is your kind of holiday, then the mountains of northern Spain might just be what you're looking for...
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Peter Williamson
01 Aug 2018 | 1 comments
Star Walks
The Canary Island of La Palma offers some of the best stargazing on earth, but it’s the scenery below that really sparkles, as Inntravel’s Aimée Smith explains…
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Aimée Smith
31 Jul 2018 | 2 comments
City by the sea
It’s many years now since Inntravel’s David Lanfear first washed up in Cádiz, looking for a new home. Here, he reflects on how the city has changed, and what makes it such a special place still.
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David Lanfear
30 Jul 2018 | 0 comments
A day in Valletta
We share our favourite ways to explore Malta's revitalised capital – a beautiful, honey-coloured city packed with interest and surrounded almost entirely by sea.
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Aimée Smith
24 Jul 2018 | 0 comments
Discovering a different Mallorca
Blogger Trish Burgess took a trip down memory lane when she revisited Mallorca this May. Happily, that lane was even more scenic than she remembered…
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Trish Burgess, blogger
23 Jul 2018 | 0 comments
Secrets of the Peloponnese
Inntravel’s Aimée Smith takes a look at some of the Peloponnese’s most legendary sights, and the lovely but little-known treasures concealed in their midst.
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Aimée Smith
10 Jul 2018 | 0 comments
A Greek island with a difference
Inntravel routefinder Jack Montgomery has seen his fair share of unspoiled Greek islands, but, as he tells us here, there's nowhere quite like Andros...
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Jack Montgomery
06 Jul 2018 | 0 comments
Beginning to snow
Inntravel’s Rebecca Pickard and Sadie Pattison didn’t know what to expect from their trip to the Austrian Tyrol in March – it was the first time that either of them had visited Austria or experienced a holiday in the snow. We caught up with them afterwards to find out how it all went…
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Aimée Smith
05 Jul 2018 | 0 comments
8 reasons to love Lake Constance
From fluffy lake monsters to flying ‘cigars’ – what we love most about one of Europe’s largest and most scenic lakes.
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Aimée Smith
24 May 2018 | 0 comments
The final piece of the puzzle
Photographer Cathy Cooper has travelled with us many times over the years, but the inspiration for her first Inntravel trip came from a rather unusual source...
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Cathy Cooper
24 Apr 2018 | 0 comments
My FEVE journey
Though unmarked on most railway maps, the narrow-gauge FEVE is very much a part of life in Northern Spain. Inntravel's Charlotte Phillips recently took a ride on this Slowest of trains...
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Charlotte Phillips
18 Apr 2018 | 0 comments
Biking the Rallarvegen
In a country full of 'wow' scenery, the spectacular Flåm Valley still manages to stand out. Inntravel's Eric Kendall tests out the ultimate way to explore this picturesque corner of Norway – a dramatic "descent" by bike from Myrdal to Flåm...
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Eric Kendall
12 Apr 2018 | 0 comments
A few days in Fjällbacka
Squeezed between steep cliffs and the rolling sea, colourful Fjällbacka is a joy to explore. Here, Cathy Cooper recalls her 2013 visit – when she struck a bargain with a local seagull and discovered some very exciting rock carvings...
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Cathy Cooper
05 Apr 2018 | 0 comments
West Sweden continued...
Tucked high up on Sweden's West Coast, the traffic-free Koster Islands are a dreamy spot for a stroll, a cycle and a dish or two of freshly caught seafood. Cathy Cooper relives her time there in this wonderful photo blog...
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Cathy Cooper
16 Mar 2018 | 0 comments
In search of Dalí
Artistic genius or shameless attention seeker – whatever you think of Salvador Dalí, you can’t deny his enduring influence on both modern art and his native Catalonia.
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Aimée Smith
15 Mar 2018 | 0 comments
The 'original' Canary Island
Inntravel’s Lauren Thackray Puente recently escaped the British winter for a week in sunny Fuerteventura. Here, she spells out what most impressed her about the ‘island of eternal spring’.
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Lauren Thackray Puente
09 Mar 2018 | 0 comments
What if we walked?
Join Slow travellers Luke & Nell on their exploration of Portugal's ruggedly beautiful – and very little-known – Costa Vicentina.
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Luke & Nell, bloggers
07 Mar 2018 | 2 comments
Journeys – on foot
While all of our walking holidays offer a satisfying ‘sense of journey’, there are some on which that rewarding,
start-to-finish feeling is particularly pronounced...
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Steve Jack
05 Mar 2018 | 0 comments
Delights of the Dordogne
What is there to see and do in the Dordogne? Well, just about everything you could wish for! This flawless corner of France has superb food and wine, spectacular châteaux and fabulous, prehistoric caves (and much, much more)...
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Aimée Smith
05 Mar 2018 | 0 comments
Trundling through ‘Green Spain’
Slow is the perfect pace when it comes to exploring Asturias & the Costa Verde by rail – as Inntravel’s Steve Jack explains...
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Steve Jack
05 Mar 2018 | 0 comments
A stay of execution
From a military fort to a luxury hotel, with a brief stint as an executioners’ residence in between, the tiny island castle of Bourtzi has a seriously oversized past.
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Aimée Smith
02 Mar 2018 | 0 comments
Ladies of the lakes
Inntravel's Swiss expert Eric Kendall tells us why there's more to Switzerland than (quite) a few impressive mountains...
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Eric Kendall
22 Feb 2018 | 2 comments
9 great ways to see Tuscany
Inntravel’s Paul Rickard is based in Italy, and is familiar with nearly all of our Italian holidays. So who better to guide you through all the different ways you can see Tuscany?
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Paul Rickard, Inntravel
21 Feb 2018 | 0 comments
Impressions of the Minho
Inntravel routefinders Jack & Andy Montgomery spent some time meandering around the Minho recently, while helping to create our new walking holiday in north-westernmost Portugal. Here’s (some of) what they found…
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Andy Montgomery
15 Feb 2018 | 0 comments
Hare today...
While driving through the French countryside, Inntravel’s Steve Jack was wondering about the relative absence of roadkill. But things eventually became clear...
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Steve Jack
13 Feb 2018 | 0 comments
Lanzarote - a picture a day
Owain Thomas, a finalist in our Slow Moments photography competition, looks back on a recent trip to Lanzarote...
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Owain Thomas
13 Feb 2018 | 0 comments
Memories of the Weather Islands
Photographer Cathy Cooper reminisces about a past visit to Sweden's remote Weather Islands, where she almost ended up as an unexpected extra in a BBC production!
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Cathy Cooper
09 Feb 2018 | 0 comments
The pheasant with a foot in both camps
The national boundaries of European countries may seem orderly and logical today, but historical machinations have left one or two quirky anomalies, as Inntravel’s Peter Williamson explains.
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Peter Williamson
06 Feb 2018 | 0 comments
Diary of a Cross-Country Skier
In this excellent, Bridget Jones-inspired diary, Trish Burgess recalls the highs and lows (strictly temperature-related!) of her visit to the beautiful snowy landscapes of Finnish Lapland.
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Trish Burgess, blogger
06 Feb 2018 | 0 comments
Peter's Norman conquest
Culture, coast and calvados: Peter Lockwood on why Normandy is the ideal destination for a fascinating cycling break.
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Peter Lockwood
05 Feb 2018 | 0 comments
Winter wildlife in deepest Bavaria
Inntravel’s Rebecca Bruce invites you to enjoy a close encounter of the most enchanting kind while staying in the heart of Bavaria’s Berchtesgaden National Park.
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Rebecca Bruce
25 Jan 2018 | 0 comments
Walking the Saryu & Pindar Valleys
All of our Indian adventures are unforgettable, but photographer Cathy Cooper was particularly struck by the vibrant colours of the Saryu and Pindar Valleys – she even had to dull her images down in post production as they looked unreal!
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Cathy Cooper
24 Jan 2018 | 7 comments
Rail travel the Inntravel way
For Inntravel regular Rowena Quantrill, rail is the only way to travel. And when you read about some of the fantastic adventures she's had over the years, you'll soon understand why...
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Rowena Quantrill
22 Jan 2018 | 0 comments
Nepal through a lensball
In the second of her photo blogs, Cathy Cooper offers a different view of Nepal...
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Cathy Cooper
09 Jan 2018 | 0 comments
A photographer's impression of Nepal
Nepal's 'forgotten' Sailung Valley is an incredibly special place, as photographer Cathy Cooper reveals in this wonderful photo blog...
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Cathy Cooper
09 Jan 2018 | 0 comments
Beyond Samaria - the gorges of western Crete
Pick up any travel guide to Crete and top of its ‘gorge-ous’ attractions will be stunning Samaria. However, this extremely popular gorge is far from the only one on the island. Here, Buzz Trips' Andy Montgomery reveals the best of the rest...
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Andy Montgomery
18 Dec 2017 | 0 comments
Rigi: Heart of Switzerland
Emily Mawson follows in some very royal footsteps as she journeys up the 'Queen of the Mountains'.
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Emily Mawson (writer)
12 Dec 2017 | 0 comments
Perceptions of Puglia
Inntravel’s Steve Jack didn’t know what to expect from Puglia, when he headed off to Italy’s ‘heel’ with his wife Rachel recently...
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Steve Jack
28 Nov 2017 | 0 comments
An Austrian Adventure in Photos
Blogger Trish Burgess and her husband Dougie made a great choice when selecting their first Inntravel walking holiday, as she explains – and illustrates – in this wonderful photo blog…
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Trish Burgess, blogger
27 Nov 2017 | 0 comments
The Algarve's quiet coast
Talking about the Algarve’s ‘quiet coast’ might sound like wishful thinking, but not if you know where to look. Here, Jack Montgomery shares some of what he has found while walking in the region this week...
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Jack Montgomery
24 Nov 2017 | 0 comments
Skeleton in the... chapel
Faro may be a city best known for its airport, but the Algarve's underrated capital is packed full of old world charm and intriguing sights that make it a surprisingly fascinating place to explore.
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Aimée Smith
24 Nov 2017 | 0 comments
Zürich: like a box of chocolates
Prosperous Zürich has a deceptively austere image - look beyond its banking district and you will find a diverse city rich in both history and culture. 
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Emily Mawson (writer)
08 Nov 2017 | 0 comments
Cava d'Ispica, Sicily: cave living
Emily Mawson steps off the beaten track to visit a fascinating network of ancient cave dwellings in Sicily's eastern corner.
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Emily Mawson (writer)
03 Nov 2017 | 0 comments
Vendicari: The birds' hotel
Travel writer Emily Mawson checks into Sicily's Vendicari Nature Reserve, and discovers why this unique environment is a bird-watching paradise.
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Emily Mawson (writer)
20 Oct 2017 | 0 comments
The magic of a Bavarian winter
Surrounded by Austria on three sides, Berchtesgadener Land in Bavaria’s far south-east is a real winter wonderland, with dramatic mountain scenery, a wide choice of snow-based activities, and the Königssee – Germany’s prettiest lake.
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Rebecca Bruce
10 Oct 2017 | 0 comments
The semantics of snow
Inntravel route-finder, ski guru and all-round trusted wordsmith Eric Kendall delves into his vocabulary to provide the low-down on various types of snow, from slush to snorkel...
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Eric Kendall
09 Oct 2017 | 0 comments
Never go back?
Inntravel's Alison Temple returns, with trepidation, to Austria's winter wonderland for the first time in over 30 years. Here, she takes us on a snowy trip down memory lane...
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Alison Temple, Inntravel
27 Sep 2017 | 0 comments
A trip to the 'Royal Lake'
Inntravel’s Rebecca Bruce fondly remembers her day trip from Ramsau bei Berchtesgaden to nearby Königssee, a quintessentially beautiful Bavarian Alpine lake...
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Rebecca Bruce
27 Sep 2017 | 0 comments
Across the river from Porto
Jack Montgomery explores Vila Nova de Gaia, across the river from Porto and home to the Douro’s world-famous wine lodges, scattered among a warren of atmospheric streets...
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Jack Montgomery
06 Sep 2017 | 0 comments
Through the Labyrinth
In Alfama, life is lived in the shadows, as Andy Montgomery of Buzz Trips finds out on a walk round the back streets of Portugal's charismatic capital, Lisbon...
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Andy Montgomery
06 Sep 2017 | 0 comments
Bavaria's grand old dames
Jack Montgomery recalls his encounters with two of Germany’s oldest and most characterful cable cars while route-finding for us in southern Bavaria.
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Jack Montgomery
04 Aug 2017 | 0 comments
On foot in The Canaries
Jack and Andy Montgomery know the Canary Islands inside out, having lived there for the past 14 years. Here, they give us the low-down on walking, making the tricky choice between islands that little bit easier...
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Jack Montgomery
26 Jul 2017 | 0 comments
Pursuing the Promise of Crete's White Mountains
Andy Montgomery is enchanted – and surprised – by the rich flora and fauna amid the White Mountains of Crete.
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Andy Montgomery
20 Jul 2017 | 0 comments
Innsbruck: where man meets mountains
Writer Emily Mawson shares her love of Innsbruck – and Austrian cake – on an exploration on foot round the charming Tyrolean capital...
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Emily Mawson (writer)
14 Jul 2017 | 2 comments
Cape Trafalgar
The site of the famous Battle of Trafalgar (1805) can be seen from the Costa de la Luz while on our walking holiday in south-westernmost Andalucia.  
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Linda Lashford, Inntravel photographer
13 Jul 2017 | 0 comments
France’s favourite village
Inntravel’s Steve Jack considers why Kaysersberg in the wine-producing region of Alsace has been named France’s favourite village.
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Steve Jack
13 Jul 2017 | 0 comments
Spain's Costa de la Luz in numbers
Did you know that just 13km separate Spain and Morocco, or that 300 million birds migrate via the Strait of Gibraltar each year?
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Beth Hancock
11 Jul 2017 | 0 comments
A year in the life of the Costa de la Luz
From fishing festivals in May to migrating seabirds in November, your experience of southernmost Spain’s ‘Coast of Light’ will depend very much on when you travel.
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Beth Hancock
19 Jun 2017 | 0 comments
12 reasons why we love South Tyrol
There’s so much to enjoy in the South Tyrol, and so much to love. But here are 12 aspects of the region that illustrate its rich variety, and keep us coming back, time after time...
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Steve Jack
16 Jun 2017 | 0 comments
Tropical nature at its finest
Stephen and Carol Warman are regular Inntravellers and recently took the opportunity to follow Inntravel’s Dominica itinerary and explore “The Nature Island of the Caribbean”.
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Stephen Warman
07 Jun 2017 | 1 comments
The time-travelling steam machine
To celebrate 50 years since the formation of the North York Moors Railway Preservation Society, Peter Williamson takes a ride back in time on the UK's premier heritage railway...
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Peter Williamson
07 Jun 2017 | 0 comments
News & Views from the Italian Lakes
Inntravel route-finder and Italian expert Paul Rickard is quite an authority on the ‘Great Lakes’ of Lombardy – not least because he lives on the shores of Lake Garda and can call this magnificent area ‘home’.
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Paul Rickard, Inntravel
01 Jun 2017 | 0 comments
Why Alsace is about far more than just the wine
Inntravel’s Steve Jack renewed his love affair with Alsace recently, and tells us why this renowned French wine region is such a perfect choice for a Slow Holiday.
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Steve Jack
26 May 2017 | 0 comments
Swiss National Park: where the wild things are
Writer Emily Mawson explores the wilderness of Switzerland's only National Park...  
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Emily Mawson (writer)
18 May 2017 | 0 comments
Uncovering Suffolk's Secrets - Part II
In this second instalment, Peter Williamson shares six more interesting architectural gems he discovered while walking along the River Waveney Valley, which marks the Suffolk-Norfolk border.
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Peter Williamson
02 May 2017 | 0 comments
Divine Discoveries
Peter Lockwood, part-time writer for Inntravel, muses on the spiritually uplifting moments he has experienced in his research.
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Peter Lockwood
02 May 2017 | 0 comments
Uncovering Suffolk's Secrets - Part I
Peter Williamson reveals some of the architectural and historic gems he encountered on a walk along the meandering River Waveney valley in East Anglia.
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Peter Williamson
02 May 2017 | 0 comments
Perfect day at the 'Beautiful View'
Inntravel regular John Main recalls how he and his wife Marian made the most of every moment on an unusual side trip.
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John Main, Inntraveller
11 Apr 2017 | 0 comments
It's the moments that matter
No stranger to deer, Inntraveller Peter Smith was nevertheless captivated by a close encounter with a doe in the tranquil hills of south-west Sardinia.
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Peter Smith, Inntraveller
11 Apr 2017 | 0 comments
Is this Croatia's ‘Garden of Eden’?
Jack Montgomery is charmed by a visual banquet – a veritable feast for the eyes – on the Dalmatian island of Mljet.
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Jack Montgomery
11 Apr 2017 | 1 comments
Five lakes and the mighty Matterhorn
Emily Mawson delights in a walk round the lakes of the Matterhorn seeking that perfect shot of this iconic peak reflected in still, clear waters...
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Emily Mawson (writer)
07 Apr 2017 | 0 comments
Every cloud has a silver lining
Inntravellers John and Joan Pye are philosophical about the weather when it comes to walking, and find the rewards that await at the end of a day’s walk can more than make amends.
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John Pye
02 Mar 2017 | 0 comments
Segovia from a different angle
A personal view of Segovia in Castile, one of northern Spain's most enigmatic cites... 
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Jack Montgomery
09 Feb 2017 | 0 comments
Giving it Rockall
Sarah Lyon discovers a geologist’s paradise in the Basque country in northern Spain, with more to offer than rocks alone...
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Sarah Lyon, Writer
09 Feb 2017 | 0 comments
Discovering Fauvism in Collioure
Writer Emily Mawson explores the colourful port of Collioure in French Catalonia and learns a thing or two about Fauvism...
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Emily Mawson (writer)
09 Feb 2017 | 0 comments
Llívia, a country within a country
It’s almost 30 years since Inntravel launched its first European walking holiday. Sarah Lyon looks at that pioneering 1989 destination…
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Sarah Lyon, Writer
08 Feb 2017 | 0 comments
Getting to know Corsica's Olmi Capella
Andy Montgomery was enchanted after her visit to Corsica to plan the routes for our new walking holiday. Here, she explains why...
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Andy Montgomery
01 Feb 2017 | 0 comments
Highs vs Lows of Walking in Berchtesgadener Land
Inntravel's route walkers, Jack and Andy Montgomery, have recently been to Berchtesgadener Land in south-east Germany. Here, Andy revels in the 'highs' and 'lows'...
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Andy Montgomery
13 Jan 2017 | 0 comments
I see you on Monday in Dominica
Peter Dick, who retired to Dominica with his wife Jane in 2001, is a Custodian of the island's Waitukubuli National Trail. In the first of two articles, he shares his love of this enigmatic island...
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Peter Dick
14 Dec 2016 | 0 comments
Heading north to Portsmouth
In this second article for The Slow Lane, Dominica resident Peter Dick (with faithful companion 'Max') continues his exploration of the Waitukubuli National Trail...
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Peter Dick
14 Dec 2016 | 0 comments
10 reasons to discover the ‘secret’ Algarve
With wildflower meadows, citrus trees and lush countryside, there’s far more to the Algarve than bars and beaches. Sarah Lyon lists 10 reasons to go there and find out for yourself...
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Sarah Lyon, Writer
28 Nov 2016 | 0 comments
Going with the flow...
Inntravel’s Steve Jack couldn’t understand the appeal of cross-country skiing. Until he tried it, that is. Now he’s hooked!
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Steve Jack
13 Oct 2016 | 1 comments
Skis, what skis?
There’s much more to snow holidays than skiing, but to the uninitiated many non-skiing activities can seem pretty baffling.
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Beth Hancock
12 Oct 2016 | 0 comments
Andalucia’s favourite daughter
Next year marks 20 years since Almeria's Cabo de Gata Natural Park was made a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Sarah Lyon looks into the life of the indefatigable lady who made it happen.
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Sarah Lyon, Writer
26 Aug 2016 | 0 comments
“When all t'world goes one road...”*
It would have been Alf Wight's 100th birthday this year, though you may know him better as fictional vet 'James Herriot'. Here, Peter Williamson looks at the Yorkshire landscapes that defined his stories...
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Peter Williamson
26 Aug 2016 | 0 comments
More room in Alicante
Inntraveller Stephen Warman brishes up on his Spanish while walking in the Montañas de Alicante – and finds the perfect place to sit and take it all in...
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Stephen Warman
22 Aug 2016 | 0 comments
Earning our stripes in India
Inntravellers Stephen and Carol Warman enter Kipling's jungle in search of the exotic...
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Stephen Warman
22 Aug 2016 | 0 comments
Ljubljana’s green soul
Traffic is banned from the city centre and parking is largely confined to underground car parks. Rubbish bins? They’re tubes that lead to underground recycling collection points…
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Sarah Lyon, Writer
11 Aug 2016 | 0 comments
Hitting a high note
If inspiration is needed, then the shores of Attersee in the Salzburg Lake District are the perfect place to look, as Sarah Lyon finds out...
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Sarah Lyon, Writer
11 Aug 2016 | 0 comments
Dragons, Dogs and Cave Dwellers
The natural world on La Palma in the Canary Islands offers plenty of surprises, including an alien-looking tree...
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Jack Montgomery
08 Aug 2016 | 0 comments
Kinsarvik & the Husedalen waterfalls
Norway's Hardangerfjord is one place where the word 'awesome' cannot be over-used...
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Eric Kendall
29 Jul 2016 | 1 comments
The way of the horsemen
How did there come to be a public footpath around the entire coastline of Menorca? Peter Williamson investigates...
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Peter Williamson
22 Jul 2016 | 0 comments
Nepal in pictures
Inntravellers Rod and Elizabeth Williams enjoyed our walking holiday in Nepal's Sailung Valley earlier this year. Here, they provide a taster of some of their many highlights...
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Peter Williamson
14 Jul 2016 | 1 comments
Five ways La Palma will surprise you
There are many wonderful aspects to La Palma in the Canary Islands, and some of them may surprise you...
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Andy Montgomery
12 Jul 2016 | 0 comments
Rose-tinted recreation
There's often far more to a funfair than meets the eye, as Sarah Lyon explains...
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Sarah Lyon, Writer
05 Jul 2016 | 0 comments
A thoroughly decent proposal
Inntraveller David Fillingham and his wife Janet enjoy a ‘sense of adventure’ on our Slow Holidays: “That way we get to see things and meet people that we'd miss hurtling past in a car.”
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08 Jun 2016 | 0 comments
This Land
Joe Cornish and Roly Smith's new coffee-table-style book is a celebration of Britain's landscapes. I went along to the book launch to find out more.
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Steve Jack
10 May 2016 | 0 comments
Cotswolds Top 50, part 1
Passionate about the glorious Cotswolds, Caroline Mills, author of the Bradt Slow Cotswolds guide, tells us her fifty favourite things to see and do in what is arguably rural England at its very best, in the 50th year of its AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) status...
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Caroline Mills, writer
04 May 2016 | 1 comments
Cotswolds Top 50, part 2
Part two includes a rooftop spa, places with Shakespearean connections, and a most unusual annual sporting event...
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Caroline Mills, writer
03 May 2016 | 0 comments
Cotswolds Top 50, part 3
Part three includes a chalk hill butterfly reserve, the intriguing Whispering Knights standing stones and a glorious summer walk though the pretty village of Guiting Power...
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Caroline Mills, writer
02 May 2016 | 0 comments
Cotswolds Top 50, part 4
Part four includes the spectacular Blenheim Palace, a Roman mosaic floor and a former home of William Morris...
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Caroline Mills, writer
02 May 2016 | 0 comments
Cotswolds Top 50, part 5
Part five includes the Laurie Lee's local pub, the Georgian splendour of Bath, and an atmospheric old church you can only reach on foot...
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Caroline Mills, writer
01 May 2016 | 0 comments
Italy's most beautiful villages
Many beautiful villages can be visited on our holidays in Italy, and here, Inntravel's Peter Williamson takes look at a few of the very best, 'I Borghi più belli d'Italia'.
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Peter Williamson
27 Apr 2016 | 0 comments
Secret charm of the Apennines
Pam and Andy Richardson took a walk through the Apennines in the autumn and were constantly surprised by what they found round each corner...
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26 Apr 2016 | 0 comments
Secrets of the cities
John Main and his wife Marian have enjoyed many Inntravel holidays, and here they share a few valuable nuggets of information from their latest adventure to the glorious cities of southern Spain...
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John Main, Inntraveller
19 Apr 2016 | 0 comments
Road signs with a twist
Street artist Clet Abraham, who has raised many a smile (and a few eyebrows) by adding his own flourishes to everyday road signs across Europe, has even left his mark in his native Brittany.
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Alison García Hall
07 Apr 2016 | 0 comments
10 reasons to visit the Harz Mountains
Unless you’re well versed in Goethe’s works, you’d be forgiven for never having heard of Germany’s Harz Mountains, yet they hold a special place in the heart of most Germans. Here are ten reasons why they are so fond of the region – and why you should follow their lead and go.
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Beth Hancock
29 Mar 2016 | 1 comments
Americans Take the Slow Lane
Judy Leaver is a writer based in Washington D.C. and here describes how a walking holiday along the coast of Brittany was just the tonic for her and her Europhile friends from across ‘the pond’...
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Judy Leaver
29 Feb 2016 | 2 comments
Alsace revisited
Peter Lockwood, our latest enthusiastic route-finding and note-writing recruit, delights in his return to the forests of Alsace...
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Peter Lockwood
26 Feb 2016 | 0 comments
Baslow, bared
Everywhere has a story to tell, if you linger long enough to let it. Baslow, in the Peak District, is a case in point. Helen Moat reveals why there’s more to the village than first meets the eye.
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Helen Moat, Bradt Guide author
02 Feb 2016 | 0 comments
Black Forest Fables
There are many misconceptions floating around even the most open-minded of us, clouding our thoughts and blurring our vision, and I am no exception. My first thoughts about our Black Forest assignment ran to two immediate stereotypes: dark woodland paths probably patrolled by wolves and witches; and a mushy, bland gateau that was the de rigueur  dessert of the 1970s. I was wrong on both counts.
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Andy Montgomery
06 Jan 2016 | 0 comments
Finding Liquid Gold on La Palma
Guest blogger Andy Montgomery, of Buzz Trips, talks about the often surprising nature of walking on La Palma in the Canary Islands.
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Andy Montgomery
08 Dec 2015 | 0 comments
Walking on Lava
Paths that traverse lava fields and wind through surreal volcanic worlds aren't uncommon on the Canary Islands.
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Jack Montgomery
07 Dec 2015 | 0 comments
Taking a gamble on Lanzarote
Inntraveller Chris Highcock slowly relaxes into the surprising charms of Lanzarote...
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18 Nov 2015 | 0 comments
People watching in Scicli, Sicily
Travel writer, Emily Mawson, sits back to enjoy a spot of serious people-watching in the wonderful Baroque town of Scicli on a recent trip to Sicily...
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Emily Mawson (writer)
25 Oct 2015 | 0 comments
Polar dancing in the night sky
An anthropologist at the University of Iceland, Katrín Anna Lund conducts research on tourism, landscape, walking and the senses. Here she explains the lure of the aurora borealis
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15 Sep 2015 | 0 comments
Lost in Sardinia
"We were sitting in a little family run Ristorante in Nurachi, a village about one-and-a-half miles from our hotel in Riola Sardo..."
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John Pye
03 Sep 2015 | 0 comments
Fitting in
I once had a disastrous brush with downhill skiing at a dry ski slope and realised that hurling yourself down a mountain balancing precariously on two long, thin pieces of wood was not really my bag. By extension, a holiday in the snow seemed forever ruled out.
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Alison García Hall
05 Aug 2015 | 2 comments
Meandering in the Mosel
If your idea of a good walk is a strenuous hike through the Hindu Kush, periodically fighting off bandits with your trusty revolver, you won’t like Inntravel’s Meanders of the Moselle holiday.
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John Pye
30 Jul 2015 | 0 comments
May you never go thirsty, Rodrigo
I love Tenerife. It's a great island for a walking holiday once you head north, away from the crowds, and reach the rugged north coast. I have many fond memories of my trips there and here's just one that I'd like to share with you.
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Peter Williamson
23 Jul 2015 | 0 comments
From Stables to Stars...
When you travel to the 'Top of Spain' you don't just move through timelines and topography, you also experience three very different places in which to lay your head, each one connected to a journey that travellers have been making for more than six centuries.
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Andy Montgomery
23 Jul 2015 | 0 comments
Being Enchanted by the Leutasch Spirit Gorge
The Leutasch Gorge in the Austrian Tyrol is said to be inhabited by a spirit and his goblin minions. But the tales aren't the only thing that's magical about this spectacular valley.
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Jack Montgomery
22 Jul 2015 | 0 comments
Remote, Rugged and Ravishing
The first time we walked in Tenerife's Anaga Mountains we got hopelessly lost...
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Jack Montgomery
20 Jul 2015 | 0 comments
Song of the Waale
I awoke to the faint sound of a bell, rhythmically clanking somewhere on the hillside above the hotel.
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Peter Williamson
07 Jul 2015 | 0 comments
A Window into Life above Lake Ledro
Walking in the mountains above Italy's Lake Ledro purely for pleasure, it's easy to forget that some paths have existed for centuries, representing a vital lifeline between communities.
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Andy Montgomery
25 Jun 2015 | 0 comments
Stepping over Lemons in Las Alpujarras
"There were white houses covered in the scrags of last year's vines and decked with bright geraniums and bougainvillea; mules were ploughing; boiler-suited growers were bent bum-up amid perfect lines of vegetables; a palm tree shaded the road where hens were swimming in the dust."
'Driving Over Lemons'
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Andy Montgomery
25 Jun 2015 | 0 comments
The Sound of Silence in San Giulio
Disembarking from the motor boat at the jetty of Isola di San Giulio, the island dedicated to silence, I break free from the tour group that is chatting its way up the steps of the Basilica and head down one of the cobbled side streets.
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Andy Montgomery
22 Jun 2015 | 0 comments
Norway's wooden cathedrals
Almost one hundred years before work on the current Minster in York began in 1220, a series of wooden ‘Cathedrals’ were being constructed in the newly Christianised lands of Scandinavia...
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Peter Williamson
15 Jun 2015 | 0 comments
Beneath the big skies of southern Italy
I’ve just discovered the surprising truth about cycling in southern Italy – it’s a far less taxing and more relaxing experience than you might imagine!
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Peter Hunt
11 Jun 2015 | 0 comments
A secret shared in Deià
Writer Emily Mawson explains why she took the plunge on a recent exploration of Mallorca...
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Emily Mawson (writer)
19 May 2015 | 0 comments
The Wild North
Michael Leonard works at the University of Iceland in Reykjavík and is a contributor to the pan-European research project, Arctic Encounters. Here he shares his thoughts on the flora and fauna of his adopted home.
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12 May 2015 | 0 comments
Chance Encounters 2
Inntraveller John Pye, who recently entertained us with his tale of an unexpected gathering in Portugal’s Douro Valley, here recalls another chance encounter – this time with a greedy sheepdog in the Alpes Maritimes.
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John Pye
11 May 2015 | 0 comments
Birdsong in ‘Green Spain’
Javier Morala, together with his wife Valvanera, runs El Molino del Canto, a delightful small hotel converted from a miller’s house in northern Spain. Nestling alongside the River Ebro in a steep-sided valley where the only sounds are the water and the birds (‘canto’ means song), this is a true rural idyll and a birdwatcher’s paradise. We caught up with Javier to find out more…
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Steve Jack
06 May 2015 | 0 comments
Woodpecker Whacker
Inntraveller Stephen Warman is a naturalist and ecologist who lives in Cornwall. Here he shares his memories of a walking holiday in the Jura.
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Stephen Warman
05 May 2015 | 0 comments
A flamboyance of flamingos
Did you know the collective noun for flamingos is flamboyance? Was ever a collective noun more appropriate? With their magenta legs and beaks and their vermilion wing feathers, to see them in their hundreds is to see the very essence of flamboyance. And one of the best places to do that is in the Camargue in the south of France.
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Andy Montgomery
01 May 2015 | 0 comments
Lake Maggiore's Gardens
In a landscape where great beauty comes as standard, creating something truly soul stirring requires time, money, privilege and above all, great passion. If anywhere is capable of imbuing passion into its gardens, Italy surely is.
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Andy Montgomery
30 Apr 2015 | 0 comments
The Pennine Way, 50 years on
As a boy, I was brought up on Alfred Wainwright’s iconic pictorial walking guides...
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Peter Williamson
10 Apr 2015 | 0 comments
Life in the Apennines
Inntravel’s Carla Lenzi, who lives in the beautiful Apennine Mountains of northern Italy and who helps to devise many of our routes, takes time out to share a few impressions of her home region…
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Steve Jack
31 Mar 2015 | 0 comments
My winter wonderland
Inntraveller Liz Beaver has enjoyed a different summer holiday with us for each of the past three years, but every winter she returns to the Ylläshumina Hotel in Finnish Lapland. Here she explains the allure of what she calls ‘the epitome of the quiet side of the mountain’…
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26 Mar 2015 | 0 comments
The High Route
Inntraveller Shelley Hinsley travelled to the Bernese Oberland in early September. Here, she delights in the flora and fauna she came upon...
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19 Mar 2015 | 0 comments
Alicante in February
While in the UK February is associated with cold weather and general drabness, in eastern Spain the appearance of delicate almond blosson heralds the arrival of spring.
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Rosie Gilligan, writer
17 Mar 2015 | 1 comments
A Grand Greek Tour
Inntraveller, Anthony Robson, recalls an enriching Greek odyssey on his Grand Tour of the Peloponnese...
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09 Mar 2015 | 0 comments
The Joy of Arriving
Inntraveller, John Pye, tells of some quintessentially French episodes during his walking holiday with us To the Pont du Gard...
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John Pye
09 Mar 2015 | 0 comments
On the Hippy Trail - Ibiza & Formentera
Ibiza is known for many things, but there are plenty of surprises, too...
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Steve Jack
02 Mar 2015 | 0 comments
Glacier Express: the little red train
The Glacier Express rail journey is one of the most famous in Europe. Writer Emily Mawson hops aboard to find out what makes it so special.
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Emily Mawson (writer)
02 Feb 2015 | 0 comments
Around Around
The mules are waiting patiently for us when we reach Imlil, a small town that is almost camouflaged amid the red-orange sandstone of Morocco’s Atlas Mountains...
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23 Jan 2015 | 0 comments
Over the border in Brangoly
As we wound up along the ridge on a narrow path, the whole golden bowl of the Cerdanya valley lay below us. Moorland stretched out on both sides, dotted with colourful wild ponies, nibbling the lush grass...
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David Lanfear
23 Dec 2014 | 0 comments
This job is amazing!
Andrea and Jack Montgomery are travel writers with a passion for hiking and dining which they say is a perfect partnership. Here, Andy explains why they love working with Inntravel...
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Andy Montgomery
30 Oct 2014 | 0 comments
Above the Clouds
Usually a Boeing 737 is the best way to climb above the clouds. Not on Tenerife, where an ascent of the walls of a volcanic crater rewards with the sort of aerial views normally reserved for gods and airline pilots.
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Andy Montgomery
30 Oct 2014 | 0 comments
On the Moses trail
Not many people know Moses, of parting the Red Sea fame, walked across Fuerteventura. Think that's a dubious claim? It's absolutely true. At least when Hollywood is involved it is...
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Jack Montgomery
30 Oct 2014 | 0 comments
Gliding through Goms
Cross-country skiing in the Goms Valley is a window into a pristine winter landscape.
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Eric Kendall
08 Oct 2014 | 0 comments
7 islands, 1 world
Canary Island experts Jack and Andy Montgomery of Buzz Trips have explored all seven main islands, and are keen to share their knowledge with those who want to experience the ‘real’ thing...
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Jack Montgomery
22 Sep 2014 | 0 comments
Betting on success
Swiss summer tourism and mountaineering were already in full swing by 1864, when the idea for winter holidays came about – through a daring wager!
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Steve Jack
27 Aug 2014 | 0 comments
Arctic Encounters
Roger Norum is a Leeds-based researcher on the HERA-funded Arctic Encounters project and the co-author and photographer of Rough Guides to Norway, Finland and Denmark.
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Roger Norum, Arctic Encounters
15 Aug 2014 | 0 comments
WOW walking
Gran Canaria may be better known for its golden beaches and lively nightlife, but its mountainous interior offers some of the most dramatic trails in the Canary Islands. Covering half the length of the island, from mountains to coast, our walking route wows with every step.
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Andy Montgomery
05 Aug 2014 | 0 comments
Swiss Watching
“Swiss Watching” by Diccon Bewes is an intriguing and highly entertaining read, examining what sets Switzerland and its inhabitants apart. In this extract from the book, Diccon looks at how the Swiss have managed to tame the mountains...
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Diccon Bewes, author
18 Jun 2014 | 0 comments
May in the Alentejo
On Portugal's Costa Vicentina, spring brings a profusion of flowers and sees storks taking delivery of their own young in precariously placed nests.
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Rosie Gilligan, writer
11 Jun 2014 | 3 comments
Istanbul – a personal view
The very name ‘Constantinople’ has always conjured up images of Sultans and Holy Roman Emperors, of kings and Crusaders, of armies of spear-waving warriors and of caravans laden with all the treasures of the empire preparing to follow the Silk Road east.
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Peter Williamson
27 Mar 2014 | 0 comments
It's a Kind of Magic
As soon as I set foot in Äkäslompolo, 150 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, I feel like Lucy in CS Lewis’s novel The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, stepping out through the coats and straight into Narnia.
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11 Mar 2014 | 0 comments
Blown Away by the Faroe Islands
'Expect the unexpected’ is one of the phrases that come most readily to mind when I think about my experience of the Faroe Islands.
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Steve Jack
03 Feb 2014 | 0 comments
The Little Capital that Launched a New World
Delve into the history of a place and it’s amazing what stories come to light. Quiet, unassuming La Gomera is a case in point...
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Andy Montgomery
21 Jan 2014 | 0 comments
The Restaurant Where Time Stands Still
Every so often you stumble across a place seemingly lost in the mists of time, where age-old customs and traditional ways of life hold sway amid the chaos of modern life.
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Jack Montgomery
02 Oct 2013 | 0 comments
A Place to Stay in Croatia
In An Idiot Abroad, Karl Pilkington opined that it’s better to “live in a cave with a view of a palace, than live in a palace with a view of a cave”. Visit Dalmatia and you’ll begin to understand what he’s getting at.
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Jack Montgomery
06 Sep 2013 | 0 comments
El Hierro, Italian-Style
Even if you are an aficionado of the Canary Islands, there’s no denying that there’s something different and also rather special about El Hierro.
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Peter Williamson
28 Aug 2013 | 0 comments
Pretty Painted Doors
It's certainly one way of brightening up a run-down neighbourhood: get everyone to paint their front doors with whatever design they choose. The results can be quite startling...
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09 Aug 2013 | 0 comments
Rush Hour in the High Atlas Mountains
Going away often means escaping the normal everyday things we get so used to. Sometimes it's nice when very little happens...
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Jack Montgomery
12 Feb 2013 | 0 comments
Whether they are barely visible on the tourist map, or are shining beacons attracting visitors like moths to a flame, every place has its own unique stories to tell. Take the time to look beneath the surface, and join an exploration of some fascinating places.