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Lonely Planet

July 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
Sprache:
English
Verlag:
BBC Worldwide Limited
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editor’s note

Our cover theme this issue is The Greatest Outdoors, and the refreshing atmosphere of early summer runs throughout our pages. I should flag (with apologies to non-drinkers) that refreshment of a different sort also appears in quite a few of our stories. Just as you should never go food shoppping while you’re hungry, perhaps several of us had a raging thirst while bolting this issue together. An undercurrent of booze first emerges in our Explore section, with a weekend visit to the Black Sheep and Theakston breweries in Masham, North Yorkshire (p16). It gurgles on towards the province of Cantabria in northern Spain, where glasses of the local cider are liberally and flamboyantly poured (p41). Within our annual Best in Europe list of the top 10 destinations to visit in…

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aiming high & low

Before the intense heat and meandering tour parties of midsummer arrive in central Turkey, now is an ideal time to explore Cappadocia’s fantastical landscapes. While most opt for a hot-air balloon ride at first light (reputable operators include Butterfly Balloons; butterflyballoons.com), consider an early rise to witness the spectacle from ground level instead. Plot a walk between ‘fairy chimneys’ – the conical rock structures shaped by millennia of erosion – and Byzantine-era churches carved into the cliff faces. Take in the monastic settlement at Göreme Open-Air Museum, which has been a place of pilgrimage since the 17th century and is now a Unesco World Heritage site, then walk paths far less travelled in the nearby Zemi Valley.…

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can you dig it?

For over 20 years, Germany’s Melt Festival has taken place in a location just as charismatic as the acts that have performed there: Ferropolis. This grim strip mine turned greenery-fringed industrial museum in Saxony-Anhalt, 85 miles southwest of Berlin, is home to five giant excavators, with names like Medusa and Mad Max. This year, 19–21 July, they’ll form the backdrop to sounds as diverse as the whispery indie of Bon Iver and the artful hip-hop of A$AP Rocky. Weekend tickets from £112; meltfestival.de…

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gastronomic malta

Pastizzi might just be the between-meal stomach-fillers you never knew you needed. These flaky pastries, usually filled with ricotta or a mushy pea mix, are one of the discoveries to be had on the new Gastro Trail – a themed itinerary, complete with illustrated map (above), put together by Malta’s tourism office to join existing trails focused on sightseeing and pilgrimages. Taking in restaurants, bars, wineries, olive oil producers and traditional salt pans, it’s a rewarding summary of what happens in the kitchen when you take rocky islands surrounded by Mediterranean fisheries and add Arabic, Italian and – yes – British influences. maltauk.com/maltasgastrotrail…

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visa good

Home to more unique animal and plant species than the entire continent of Africa, the island of Madagascar is seen as a global conservation priority. Its natural wonders are now easier to meet for yourself, with UK travellers able to use a new eVisa system to apply up to three days before going (evisamada.gov.mg). WILD HIGHLIGHTS • Leaping between the highest branches of the trees it likes to inhabit, Coquerel’s sifaka (right) is among Madagascar’s most agile lemurs. On the ground… not so much. There, amusing sideways bounds are the only option for progress. • With an immense crooked middle finger (used for poking in trees for grubs) and demonic ears, the aye-aye has long been persecuted. • Madagascar is a paradise for chameleons, from large and rainbow-hued to the world’s smallest, a 2cm…

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the dixon, london

Where am I staying? Once, many people would have passed with fear under the lion and unicorn coat of arms on the Tooley Street entrance to this Edwardian building. Since earlier this year, however, the old Tower Bridge Magistrates Court has played good cop, as The Dixon: a 193-room and ten-suite hotel in the Autograph Collection. What’s changed? An imperial staircase still greets all who enter the wood-panelled lobby of the Grade-II listed courthouse, while the restaurant and bar take the place of the former holding cells and main courtroom. Most rooms are in an extension at the back. Some artworks nod to the building’s past, including the keys set into the walls of the ground-floor lift-lobby. More broadly, though, the decor honours the SE1 postcode: pieces are either locally made, or have…

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