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Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet

April 2020

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

The world’s gaze has recently turned from the bushfires in Australia to efforts to contain a new form of coronavirus in China. Such cataclysmic events have far-reaching effects on travel, and in turn give us cause to consider the impact of the travel choices we make. Against a baffling backdrop of populist politics and greenwashing, it’s fair to ask: ‘What does sustainable travel even mean?’ According to the World Tourism Organization, it ‘takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities.’ As we explain in the foreword to our new book, Sustainable Escapes (more on that on p22), ‘in a nutshell, it’s tourism that delivers meaningful guest experiences and benefits locals without negatively influencing…

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land of legends

As the Emerald Isle returns to its signature colour in the spring, a ten-day tour from Trafalgar offers a fresh look at the island’s upper half. ‘Ireland’s Legendary North’ begins in Dublin, home to generations of literary icons, before turning towards Belfast, where you’ll learn about the world’s most famous (and famously doomed) ship. Along the Antrim coast lies the Giant’s Causeway (pictured), the mythical legacy of a battle between Irish and Scottish titans. Not all legends are so hard-edged, though, as a visit to the pottery studios of Belleek proves. And on the loop back south and east towards Dublin, you’ll stop in Galway, currently enjoying its turn as European Capital of Culture. Ten days from £1,764; trafalgar.com…

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turn on the sharm

The coast of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula has always been a threshold of ultimate contrast: stark desert above, and the most colourful of coral gardens below. Security concerns brought a fall in visitor numbers in recent years, but direct flights from the UK are now resuming for the first time since 2015, on TUI and easyJet. Sharm El Sheikh is returning to its role as the Sinai’s main resort town, with PADI-approved scuba courses for anyone keen to explore the world not hinted at above the waves. travel.padi.com/d/sharm-el-sheikh;gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice…

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hidden europe

The launch of easyJet flights from London Gatwick to Tirana’s Mother Teresa International Airport is just one sign that Albania is cropping up in travel plans as never before. Writers have wondered for centuries how a country located between Greece and Italy could remain one of Europe’s great unknowns. The barrier of the Albanian Alps, also known as the Accursed Mountains, must explain some of Albania’s historic isolation. Now, though, these peaks are more often a reason to visit. Hiking specialist Walks Worldwide counts its three Albanian itineraries among its most popular tours, and with winter gone, the mountain paths are open again. Two of the tours head north to the peaks (pictured) that border Montenegro, while a southern coast alternative takes inspiration from the travels of Lord Byron –…

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three fascinating cities, three hotels to match

Kyoto The month of April in Japan’s historic capital is bookended by two week-long periods of excitement: a pink-tinged one when the city’s cherry trees burst into life, and the national holiday cluster of Golden Week beginning on the 29th. It’s during the slight pause in between that Ace Hotel Kyoto will be welcoming its first guests. The design hotel group, which began in Seattle in 1999, picked renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma to oversee the project for its first opening in Asia. Built partly in a heritage building (the brick-clad 1920s former Kyoto Central Telephone Exchange) and partly in an extension that echoes the wooden grids of the city’s traditional townhouses, the 213 rooms are kitted out with artisan textiles and other craft details. The hotel is at the crossing…

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the true meaning of tantra

Some exhibitions don’t need much in the way of explanation to draw the crowds (witness the Tutankhamun spectacular now in its last weeks in London). The British Museum – on the other hand – is about to tackle a subject that’s been at the heart of spiritual life in India and many of its neighbours for 1,500 years, but is most often thought of in the West as having something to do with advanced sexual techniques. This new exhibition, ‘Tantra: enlightenment to revolution’, brings together objects from India, Tibet, Japan and beyond (including a Bengali depiction of the goddess Kali, pictured here), to explore the diverse ways that Tantric philosophy changed the practice of Hinduism and Buddhism, and even came to shape 1960s counter-culture. Kali herself embodies much of the…