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Lonely Planet August 2019

Feed your love of travel with award-winning Lonely Planet. Inside you'll find topical ideas for easy inspirational weekend breaks and more adventurous experiences to try out, helped by the insider knowledge of Lonely Planet's many experts around the world. You'll be taken on a journey through words and beautiful photography, with highly atmospheric features transporting you to spectacular landscapes and allowing local people to reveal their culture, history ,food, drink and the natural wonders that surround them.

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United Kingdom
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English
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BBC Worldwide Limited
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12 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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editor’s note

I’ve been pondering Italy a lot over recent weeks. Lonely Planet magazine Italia has just launched, becoming the latest in our international network of editions. We now have versions of Lonely Planet magazine established in countries as impressively random as Argentina, China, the Czech Republic, Germany, India, Italy, Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan and the USA… not to mention the UK. I’m proud to think ours truly is the world’s best-travelled travel magazine. Where our Italian edition’s editor Federico Geremei has been telling me of his efforts to wrestle with our quirky British giochi di parole (plays on words), Google Translate and my multilingual colleagues have helped me to discover many new experiences through Federico’s pages. Keeping inspiration from our Italian edition in mind, this August issue promises fresh…

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unravel the road silk

Uzbekistan – even the name, to many Western ears at least, sounds inaccessible. Now, though, visitors from the UK can come for up to 30 days without arranging a visa in advance, making it easier than ever to explore. On a trip here, you’ll discover that this seemingly remote country has long been a crossroads of trade and cultures, whether you’re tucking in to a spice-scented pilaf or admiring the finest tile-work in Silk Road cities such as Samarkand (pictured) and Bukhara. Central Asian travel specialist Silk Road Adventures can help reveal these and more secrets in their new group tour (eleven days from £2,695) or with a tailor-made itinerary. silkroad-adventures.com…

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the mane event

A quarter of a century on since the world first saw Simba the lion cub lifted up above Pride Rock, the photorealistic remake of The Lion King is about to open in cinemas. Hell’s Gate National Park in Kenya was the real-life location that most inspired the landscapes of the cartoon original, and it remains a wonderful place to explore on foot or by bike. You’ll find zebras and giraffes here, but for lion sightings you had best head to other parks. The largest population is in the Masai Mara, a huge expanse of gently rolling grassland, specked with flat-topped acacia trees. Even Nairobi National Park has a small community of lions, often within sight of the capital’s skyscrapers. Discover more at lonelyplanet.com/kenya…

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rise & shine

A stay at Faro Punta Cumplida comes with what’s surely the world’s most powerful bedside light – the 28-mile beam sent out by this lighthouse at the northeast tip of La Palma in the Canary Islands. The three suites in the newly converted building at the foot of the tower share a central courtyard, roof terrace and infinity pool above the Atlantic surf. Climb the 158 steps to the lookout, and you’ll have wraparound views of the ocean and the deep-green folds of the mountainous island that’s also a starlight reserve. It’s the first venture outside Germany by Floatel, a company that specialises in imaginative accommodation, and which has future lighthouse conversions planned (from £310; myfloatel.de/en/hideaways/faro-cumplida). OTHER LIGHTHOUSE STAYS Highlands, Scotland Rua Reidh Lighthouse is remote even for Wester Ross. The 1912 light…

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soviet block

The Seven Sisters, a set of skyscrapers ordered by Stalin to rival those of Manhattan, were once the tallest buildings in Europe. Long eclipsed on that front, they remain an indomitable part of the Moscow skyline. The last to be completed, the former Ukraina Hotel is newly part of the Radisson Collection, a distinction reserved for the group’s most outstanding properties. The opulence of old Russia is the name of the game here: marble and gold rule in the grand public spaces; you can pick up a diamond necklace or a Rolls-Royce in its boutiques; sparkling wine is served at breakfast; and the concierge will discreetly attend to your every whim. The sense of luxury extends to the spacious bedrooms (all 501 of them), and the 19 restaurants. The biggest…

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isles of scilly

This little group of islands off Cornwall’s tip feels both mild and wild, with stalls of farm produce and tales of smugglers to add to its Caribbean-worthy white-sand beaches. Getting here, by ferry, small plane or helicopter, is just the first part of the adventure. Go now, when it’s at its balmiest (visitislesofscilly.com). FRIDAY EVENING • After a boat transfer from the main island of St Mary’s to Bryher, three miles away (£34 return, via hotel), install yourself at Hell Bay Hotel. When the water laps at the curve of beach outside, you’ll wonder why this Hamptons-like hotel has such a forbidding name (from £150 half board; hellbay.co.uk). The on-site Crab Shack, open to mid-September, offers a messy and deliciously simple dinner. SATURDAY MORNING • Stretch your legs as far as you can in…

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