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Lonely Planet August 2018

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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editor’s note

The sun must have got to our heads. I write this on the summer solstice, having read through final proofs for an issue that overflows with experiences linked to the Mediterranean. That glamorous cow you’ll spot below right – wistfully basking amid white sands and azure waters – gets a mention in our Great Escape to Corsica (p55). She’s an inhabitant of the Plage de Mare e Sole – the Beach of Sea and Sun, near Ajaccio on this wild and historic island’s western coast. Other characters met along our route include guide Joritz Larraza, who reveals stirring tales of resilience among hidden hilltop villages, and Olivier Fondacci, whose farm makes niche skincare products from donkey milk. Local flavours come just as diverse and horizon-broadening on a big night out…

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neukölln, berlin

BRUNCHING OUT ’The best vegan café in the neighbourhood is called Two Planets. It’s run by two Australian guys and has a real bohemian vibe – it’s modern and fashionable, but not pretentious, with work by local artists displayed on the walls. The speciality is a series of different toppings on toast. I like the avocado option, which comes with crusty, thick-cut bread and a bean salad.‘ twoplanetsberlin.com ON A SUNNY AFTERNOON ‘Tempelhofer Feld is a disused airport that has been turned into a park. There are allotments for people to grow their own fruit and veg, and, because there’s a big, flat open runway, it's a great place to go cycling, skateboarding, rollerblading and so on. Whenever the sun is out, groups of friends congregate here with beers. You can also walk…

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South Korea’s second city makes the most of its setting between mountains and sea, looking across to Japan. Once best known for merchant ships heading out of its port, Busan is now making waves of a different kind. It’s taken on the mantle of Culture City of East Asia – and we have given the city top place in Lonely Planet’s Best in Asia 2018. The Busan International Film Festival has been a big promoter of Asian cinema, but many audiences will have got their first glimpse of Busan from scenes in this year’s smash hit Black Panther. Here are five unmissable experiences in the city: 1) Join Busan’s citizens on the beach South Korea has a ‘work hard, play hard’ reputation, so it’s worth checking out the spaces where locals go…

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the douro valley

FRIDAY NIGHT 1 You’ll be flying into Porto airport, but not yet going into Porto city. After picking up your hire car, head to the ornate town of Amarante on a bend of the Tâmega River, a tributary of the Douro. After a rustic, filling dinner at Adega Regional Quelha (mains from £5), retire to elegant rooms at the 16th-century Casa da Calçada (from £115). Adega Regional Quelha is on Rua de Olivença; casadacalcada.com SATURDAY MORNING 2 Start with an easy drive to the town of Vila Real, whose standout sight is the Casa de Mateus, a Baroque beauty of a palace that appears on bottles of Mateus rosé (house tour and gardens £11). But the vineyards you’re really here to see lie further on. From São Martinho de Anta, take the slender…

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STAY 29,000 Ft Book in at the homely Gerloczy Rooms deLux for tastefully designed double rooms with big windows in a central location. Bonus: the free minibar and snacks in each room are replenished daily. gerloczy.hu LUNCH 2,100 Ft Kisharang (Little Bell) is an atmospheric, old-style Hungarian restaurant with just a few tables that’s popular with both staff and students from the nearby university. The vegetable stews are a a tasty, filling choice. kisharang.hu BUY 6,500 Ft Hunt for a local souvenir, from posters and jewellery to T-shirts and keyrings, at design shop Insitu. Our favourite items are the little wooden folk characters from the Folqa collection. You might want all eight. insitu.hu DINNER 12,400 Ft By the central food market, Borbíróság (Wine Court) serves almost 100 Hungarian wines by the glass to accompany its classic dishes.…

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europe’s best wild swimming

BAGGY POINT, ENGLAND Swim through a variety of hidden sea caves at this wonderful Devonshire dipping spot, including one tideswept tunnel concealed from any passing walkers. Wildlife along this part of the coast includes seals, dolphins and porpoises. nationaltrust.org.uk/baggy-point LAC D’ANNECY, FRANCE Heated by subterranean hot springs, this Alpine lake is unsurprisingly very popular. Many beaches charge during the summer, but Plage d’Albigny à Annecy-le-Vieux and Plage des Marquisats are free. Wilder spots can be found too – some with great cliff jumps. lac-annecy.com LAKE WALCHEN, GERMANY Bavaria can count on a batch of fantastic bathing spots, and this deep Alpine lake in the mountains south of Munich is one of the most spectacular. Gravel beaches surround the mineral-rich turquoise water and there are offshore islands to explore. LOCH LOMOND, SCOTLAND You need a brave heart to…