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Lonely Planet February 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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editor’s note

One of the oddities of the magazine industry is that we like to put an issue on sale a full month before its cover date. And so, in this February issue of Lonely Planet magazine, I’ll take the chance to wish you an especially happy New Year. This is also the moment, every year, when we roll out our 52 Best Weekends Away, resolving to keep your diary stuffed with original travel experiences. With such a mash-up of recommendations in our pages, there comes a chance to say why we’re different – hopefully more considerate, engaging and sustainable – and how we can make 2020 more fulfilling for you. Turn to p42 to stretch your cultural horizons, learning how layers of migration have shaped modern Marseille. From p60 you’ll find…

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laid-back waters

The beaches and lagoons of Kerala are thought to be one of the original homes of the coconut palm, so if a northern winter sees you looking wistfully to these symbols of tropical ease, it makes sense to set course for the southern Indian state. Temperatures in Kerala don’t vary much through the year, but January and February are the months least likely to be disturbed by monsoon rains. Chief of all unhurried pursuits here is to take a kettuvallam (thatched houseboat) for a few days along the backwaters south of Kochi – the centuries-old Indian Ocean spice-trading hub formerly called Cochin. keralatourism.org; bookahouseboat.com lists a few kettuvallam rentals…

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moroccan role

Over the last 35 years, a shifting spotlight has settled annually on different European cities, and now Africa is set to have its own annual Capitals of Culture programme, with Marrakesh claiming the prize as first holder of the title. The Moroccan capital has always been a strong contender for the role, with such architectural riches as the Badia Palace and Saadian Tombs, as well as the living traditional culture of the medina and its craft shops. But it has also become a hub of contemporary art galleries, while the new Yves Saint Laurent Museum continues to draw praise. Events planned for 2020 include the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair and the Africa Dance Biennial. visitmorocco.com…

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winter wunder

While most ski resorts across the Alps like to flag how high their lifts go and how many dizzying black runs they can offer, Seefeld is happy to put its gentler gradients front of shop. This village in the Austrian Tyrol doesn’t lack verticals – it’s watched over by 2,000-metre-plus peaks – but its plateau position means that cross-country skiing is the real pride here. There are more than 150 miles of dedicated trails for this full-body winter workout, weaving between five villages in the ‘Olympiaregion’ (it twice hosted events for winter games held in nearby Innsbruck). Snow cover doesn’t put a stop to hiking in the area either, with choices ranging from hour-long jaunts through the forest to multi-day routes made easier by a luggage-forwarding service. Downhill skiing in…

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when the wind blows

If there’s an Irish woollen jumper in your cupboard that has yet to see proper use, give it a fitting holiday on its home country’s Atlantic coast in deepest winter. Bleak weather is precisely what lighthouses such as that at Fanad Head (above), were built for, and three cottages on this promontory in the north of County Donegal are fitted with fireplaces or stoves to dry off by. On a clear day, Ballymastocker Beach has golden sands (if not water temperatures) to rival those of the tropics – though when the waves are beating the rocks, it’s probably board-game time. Two nights from £250; fanadlighthouse.com 5 stops on an Atlantic road trip COUNTY DONEGAL The Wild Atlantic Way runs for 1,550 miles (if all coastal squiggles are strictly followed) between the seaward end of…

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cut it out

Picasso was a tireless experimenter, and a new exhibition at London’s Royal Academy looks at the part that paper played in his 80-year artistic career. Inventive collages, paper cut-outs and studies for legendary works such as Les Demoiselles d’Avignon are among 300 of his works on show. Tickets from £18; 25 January–13 April 2020; royalacademy.org.uk PABLO PICASSO, HEAD OF A WOMAN, MOUGINS, 4 DECEMBER 1962 PENCIL ON CUT AND FOLDED WOVE PAPER, 42 X 26.5 CM MUSÉE NATIONAL PICASSO-PARIS. PABLOPICASSO GIFT IN LIEU, 1979. MP1850 PHOTO © RMN-GRAND PALAIS (MUSÉE NATIONAL PICASSO-PARIS) / BÉATRICE HATALA © SUCCESSION PICASSO/DACS 2019…