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Lonely Planet September 2017

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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this month...

…we’re venturing to places where people once feared to tread. Some are just a short stroll from Lonely Planet’s London HQ. Where rats scuttled and pigeons roosted, a cluster of railway arches are now alive instead with creativity – home to potters, bakers, gin distillers, fish smokers and jamón carvers (p84). Across the Atlantic, this issue’s Great Escape skirts around America’s Great Lakes, striking off from a resurgent, formerly bankrupt metropolis: Detroit (p43). And in Chile, we explore Unesco-listed churches, on a mist-shrouded chain of islands set adrift from Patagonia (p96). Look out for further revelations from mysterious, wondrously varied Chile over coming issues. Subscribe! See p16 Follow us on Twitter @LPTraveller and Instagram @lonelyplanetmags Join our Lonely Planet Traveller Insiders panel at immediateinsiders.com…

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behind the scenes

winner Here’s our group editor Peter Grunert, collecting Lonely PlanetTraveller’s recent award for Favourite UK Consumer Travel Magazine in the first ever Cheapflights Awards. More than 60,000 votes were cast to celebrate the best in UK travel. LP’s Best in Asia Our experts recently revealed their top 10 places to visit in Asia this year. The winning line-up is below; go to lonelyplanet.com/bestinasiato find out more. 1. Gansu, China 2. South of Tokyo, Japan 3. Northern Kerala, India 4.Keong Saik Road, Singapore 5. Astana, Kazakhstan 6. Takayama, Japan 7. Xi’an, China 8. Sri Lanka’s Hill Country 9. Melaka City, Malaysia 10. Raja Ampat, Indonesia THIS MONTH’S COVER The turquoise Mediterranean contrasts with the citrus colours of Menton in France on our newsstand cover, while the Mekong River reflects rural life in Laos on the version for subscribers. toproadtrips This month, our new book Epic Drives of theWorld hits…

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postcards

UTAH, USA Golden arch Thirty years ago I took a road trip across the States with my family that sparked a passion for travel and photography that has grown and grown over the years. Recently, I decided to retrace my steps. The highlight of the trip turned out to be Canyonlands National Park, which we had driven past when I was a child. Researching sunrises in the park, I was enthralled by Mesa Arch and knew that was where I should head at dawn. When I arrived I was alone, watching the mountains in the distance turn blue, then pink. Then a burst of sun from behind the clouds lit up the underside of the arch. I haven’t seen a more beautiful sunrise before or since. TOKYO, JAPAN The sky’s the limit On my first…

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globetrotter

If you were asked to name the world’s fastest growing tourist destination, where would you pick? Chances are it wouldn’t be Sierra Leone. According to the UN World Tourism Organization, the country takes the official title, with an astonishing year-on-year visitor surge of over 300 per cent. SIERRA LEONE: WHY GO? “With staggeringly beautiful beaches, rainforests sheltering endangered species and a dynamic capital, Sierra Leone should not be Africa’s secret destination any longer. The scars of its civil war are fading, as is the trauma of the 2014-15 Ebola outbreak, so now is the time for tourists to play a huge role in bringing some prosperity back to this warm-hearted nation.” MATT PHILIPS is Lonely Planet’s Destination Editor for sub-Saharan Africa. He has travelled extensively across Africa, having visited (and written about) more…

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a golden wonder

Summer always heralds a stampede for the beaches of the Algarve, but it’s little known that some of Portugal’s most perfect and overlooked shores sit right under the nose of the capital. Though barely 30 miles south of Lisbon, Comporta beach is a universe away from the urban clamour: it is set on a long spit of sand with the bluest seas on one side, and the wetlands and meandering channels of the Sado estuary on the other. Go now to idle in the many beach shacks that specialise in fresh seafood, served on dining tables that catch the spray from breaking Atlantic waves. MAKE IT HAPPEN Lisbon Airport is just over an hour’s drive from Comporta – easyJet flies from Edinburgh, Bristol, Liverpool and Luton, while BA andTAP Portugal fly from…

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in the footsteps of the durrells

Two series of hit ITV drama The Durrells have sketched out a wild, eccentric, sun-baked picture of Corfu – for many of us first revealed by Gerald Durrell’s autobiographical book My Family and Other Animals. While tourism has greatly changed the island since the naturalist grew up here in the 1930s, many scenes would be familiar to him. The Grecotel Corfu Imperial hotel sits atop the Kommeno Peninsula, offering panoramic views of showboating sunrises over the nearby Albanian coast. The Ionian Sea is at its warmest as the crowds of summer depart and is vivid with marine life, including dolphins. Meanwhile, butterflies flit through groves of olive trees and lizards scuttle between nooks in dry-stone walls. Corfu Town, where the Durrell family lived, is a 15-minute free bus ride away.…