Off the beaten path Articles

Visiting Val di Non Trentino Italy
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Val di Non, Italy’s Apple Eden Where The Fruit Isn’t Forbidden

In Trentino's verdant, orchard-heavy Val Di Non, you'll find Italy's unsung valley of castles, mirror-like lakes, and apples aplenty.
Desenzano del Garda is a beautiful small town on Lake Garda
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20 Beautiful Small Towns in Italy

Italy’s small towns offer charm and charisma away from the country's cohort of star-studded cities. These are some of the most beautiful Italian towns to visit, from longtime favourites to more offbeat retreats.
Vipava-Valley
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In Slovenia’s Vipava Valley, Sustainable Family-Run Wineries, Dining Rooms & Trails Abound

Sustainability is organically the soul of Slovenia's Vipava Valley, where family-run vineyards, farm-to-fork tasting rooms & emerald trails are plentiful. Here's how to visit.
Views around Hamnoy, Moskenesøya, in Norway's Lofoten Islands
Ana Martins inspects her cherry trees in Fundão, Central Portugal
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The Flavours of Fundão, Portugal’s Creative Cherry Capital 

Fundão and Castelo Novo are true hinterland hideaways, with historic castles, cherries, vineyards, blossoms, and boutique stays aplenty.
Wildlife penguin island
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The Falklands in Photos: Postcards From the Land of Penguins

Take a photo journey through the Falkland Islands. From penguin colonies and seal sanctuaries to shipwrecks and small planes.
Aerial view of St Josephs on Dominicas west coast with a small town alongside it
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Dominica, the Caribbean Eden Now Etched in My Heart

My Dominica journey was one of mangos and smiles, canyons and black sands, roaring waterfalls, rainbows and rainforests — welcome to the wild side of the Caribbean.
The year-round Christmas village of Seiffen, Saxony, Germany
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Traditions, Toys and All the Trimmings: Christmas in Seiffen and Germany’s Ore Mountains

For the perfect pre-Christmas trip, look no further than Saxony's Ore Mountains, where the year-round Christmas town of Seiffen offers festive magic and miners' traditions far from the commercial crowds.
Saksun Faroe Islands Turf Roof Houses
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The Faroe Islands in Photos: Postcards From An Unforgettable Journey

Discover the far-flung Faroe Islands in photos, to take a peek at the eighteen ethereal islands on Europe's edge.
Waking up to views like this in Tajikistan was magical
Wildlife penguin island
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5 Epic Island Escapes for Wildlife and Adventure

From geothermal whale hot spots to remote archipelagos of ice, penguins and puffins, these wild isles are ripe for adventure.
Cesky Krumlov is an excellent second stop on your Austrian city break
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Castle and Cute-Town Hopping in South Bohemia, Czechia’s Fairytale Lake District

Explore the fairytale castles and lakes of South Bohemia, Czech Republic, including České Budějovice, Český Krumlov, Hluboká and Třeboň.
The canals of Cervia were central to the city's salt works
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Visiting Cervia, Italy: Beaches, Canals, Seafood and Storied Salt

Plan a perfect visit to Cervia and Milano Marittima, Emilia Romagna's storied seaside town where sweet salt rules supreme.
Comacchio is one of Emilia Romagna's prettiest coastal towns
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A Guide to Comacchio, Emilia Romagna’s Canal Town and Po Delta Gateway

Explore Etruscan history, quaint canals, and flamingo-dotted lagoons in Comacchio, Emilia Romagna's Po Delta Gateway.
The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, Spain
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15 Underrated Cities in Europe You Should Visit

These underrated places deserve much more attention, so why do they remain some of the most underrated cities in Europe?
Bastei Bridge, Saxony, Germany
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Places to Visit in Saxony, Germany: Things To Do and Day Trips from Dresden

Discover the best places to visit in Saxony, and day trips from Dresden, such as wine estates, lake palaces, mining towns and forested parks.
Algarve accommodation
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Algarve Hidden Gems: My 20 Favourite Offbeat Algarve Spots and Beaches

Discover my pick of the best Algarve hidden gems. Whitewashed villages, beautiful beaches, idyllic islands and 'secret Algarve' waterfalls.
Vitorchiano is one of Italy's best off the beaten path destinations
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15 Beautiful Small Towns and Villages Near Rome and Across Lazio, Italy

Discover some of the most beautiful villages near Rome and across the Lazio region, from small Italian town stays to day trips near Rome.
The Alcazar of Segovia on a cloudy day perches on a hill
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Best Hidden Gems in Spain: 21 Unique Places To Visit in Spain

Discover some of the top hidden gems in Spain to get off the beaten path. From pretty villages and secret flower festivals to cheese caves and cross-border zip lines.
Whangamomona Republic Day
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Whangamomona Republic Day: That Time I Went to Vote for a Cat in an Election

The self-proclaimed Republic of Whangamomona is tucked away in Taranaki, New Zealand. On 'Republic Day', the 125-strong population – plus animals – welcome everyone for the grand election.
Castelmezzano, one of the prettiest hidden gems in Europe headimg