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Spain road trip: Granada to Almera

The Alhambra marks the start of a drive taking in historic cities, a river valley and mountains and ends in Almeras spaghetti western desert Granada is dominated by its mighty Moorish fortress, Santa Isabel La Real, with its Alhambra views, (doubles from 95 B&B, parking available). Barrio de la Villa is a labyrinth of fountains, churches, geraniums, with castle and panoramic views. Take all that in while staying at quaint Hotel Zahor (double from 55 B&B). Priego de Crdoba. Photograph: Alamy Day three and its time to head north-east to…

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Five great Interrail itineraries across Europe

Interrailing is an easy way to see the continent. We plot itineraries that cover the Med, the Alps and an affordable version of the Orient Express Lakes and mountains Suggested duration 15 days Stops Lausanne, Annecy, Chamonix, Zermatt, Lucerne, St Anton, Zell am See, Innsbruck, Bern Shortcut Head straight to Zermatt to make it an 11-day trip Best Interrail pass 15 days within two months (337 youth/439 adult/395 senior/under 12s free) or the tighter 10 days within two months (274/357/321/free). Plus train reservations The sight of a gleaming railway snaking…

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10 of the best scenic rail journeys in Europe

Nothing quite beats the romance of travelling on a steam train or shunting through mountains. These rides showcase Europes spectacular landscapes La Rhune, France Length 4.2kmAdult fare 19 return A quaintly old-fashioned rack- or cog-railway sets off from a low mountain pass inland from Saint-Jean-de-Luz to ascend the westernmost peak of the Pyrenees. All the way there are views back over the Basque coast and countryside. Although passengers board in France, on the summit they are greeted by a choice of Spanish bars. The train returns to base, but you…

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Joshua Tree national park: music, myths and art in the desert

The Coachella festival, starting this week, showcases music in a dramatic landscape but in and around Joshua Tree the arts and culture shine all year round Out in the desert, anything seemed possible. The stark, dry landscape felt like an illusion, a deception that belied the artistic endeavour and creativity around Joshua Tree and the other high desert communities of Yucca Valley, Twentynine Palms and Pioneertown. I got the sense that maybe no idea could be too crazy, no scheme too out there. My surroundings made it easy to feel…

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Why I fell in love with Slovenia

Love was in the air the moment US writer Noah Charney set foot in Ljubljana. And after he satisfied his future wife, there was a whole country to get passionate about, with dramatic sceneries, curious traditions and great food Back in 2000, as an American student learning in London, I embarked on a Eurorail trip- a kind of smorgasbord of travelling in European metropolis. You buy an open ticket that allows you to travel indefinitely by train throughout Europe. But prior to my own Eurorailing adventure, I’d gave my Lonely…

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