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Lonely Planet May 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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Back issues only
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editor’s note

This month I swam with a whale shark, a mysterious giant cruising through the waters that swirl around one of Britain’s remotest outposts. I came within charging distance of a 500-strong herd of buffalo, and followed in the paddle sploshes of a Native American guide as he kayaked past hoodoo rock sculptures at the edge of Glacier National Park. I survived world-record bum-ache to cycle rough trails between the distant nations of the ancient Silk Road: Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and Tajikistan – at last stopping to gawp in wonder at the Milky Way, framed by the peaks of the Pamir Mountains. And I diverted to Kazakhstan, sneaking into a crumbling, spooky hangar to discover a once-classified Soviet-era remnant: a clone of the Space Shuttle, known as the Buran. Each of these…

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fly another day

A side effect of the release of any new Bond film is the descent of crowds on its key locations. Tempering our disappointment that No Time To Die - and Daniel Craig's final appearance in the famous tuxedo - is delayed to November, let us give you advance notice of some spots you should be able to trace his Aston Martin's tyre tracks through. The cover has long been blown for the haunting hilltop town of Matera in southern Italy, and the trailer shows glimpses of Ian Fleming favourite, Jamaica. The scene we're most looking forward to is a promised car chase along the Atlantic Road (pictured). This four-mile, island-hopping marriage of engineering and nature is one of several Norwegian locations set to star. en.asitnorthwest.no…

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mirror image

Almost eight decades after construction began, the world’s largest digital art centre is set to open in the French city of Bordeaux. Not that the builders who drew the first blueprints had any such intention. A German and Italian submarine base in WWII, the structure was brutal both in its design and purpose. Today it has been repurposed as the Bassins de Lumières, set to open on 17 April, with exhibitions including artworks projected onto the walls of the old U-boat docks. It’s hard to think of an artist whose s›le shows a greater contrast to this uncompromising space than Gustav Klimt. The concrete now acts a canvas for the dazzling gold and rich details of paintings such as Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (seen here on the left) –…

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milling around

As April turns to May, with tulip blooms and memories of King’s Day street parties beginning to fade, spring in the Netherlands enters a less frenzied phase. For travellers by train from Britain it will also be the first chance to enjoy smoother journeys to and from the country, with the start of direct Eurostar services from Amsterdam to London (a lack of suitable border controls at Amsterdam Centraal station meant UK-bound passengers previously had to change trains at Brussels). Whether you’re aiming to get the most out of a flight-free weekend, or can stay in town for longer, it’s an opportunity to take the time saved on the return trip and invest it in venturing further from the centre. The Noordhollandsch Kanaal leads the way out through the city’s…

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hybrid hotel

Companies like Onefinestay pioneered serviced apartments – high-end digs with hotel-style trappings. Their former CEO now works for the more affordable Sweet Inn, with 550 apartments across Europe and Israel. Guests can add paid-for extras, but those who don’t go for an airport pick-up, chef or filled fridge can use the app’s free features, such as location-specific tips and a WhatsApp concierge. Our features editor Orla Thomas tested some out on a brief stay in one of its Lisbon apartments (from £50 per person per night; sweetinn.com). DRINKS & DINNER Its enviable climate means Lisbon’s rooftop-bar season lasts much longer than most cities’. SkyBar Tivoli is an unbeatable spot for a sundowner, with marvellous views over the city’s rooftops, a strong cocktail and wine list and bar snacks well-suited to sunshine, such…

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london in bloom

It’s thought there are some eight million trees in London, making it perhaps the world’s greenest major city. But other colours will increasingly be added to nature’s palette as spring unfolds, and there’s a new map to follow its progress. A London Floral (£8.50; finchpublishing.co.uk) includes text descriptions of more than 80 parks, gardens and other flower-powered spots. Find our own west-to-east selection of five right here. KEW GARDENS Built up since 1759, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew now counts as the most comprehensive botanical collection on Earth. Highlights include orchid displays, spring carpets of bluebells and a botanical art gallery. CHISWICK HOUSE Planned by the third Earl of Burlington (1694–1753), the gardens of Chiswick House follow both the Italianate and English Landscape styles. The Conservatory houses a fine camellia collection, notably the…