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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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E-bike inner tube hack.

E-bike evangelist Brian Sarmiento takes a yoga smash before leaving California . Image: chris taylor I had pedaled the first 20 miles up Big Oak Flat Road in Yosemite National Park, affliction its deceive identify — far away from flat, the itinerary gains 7,000 paws in altitude — when my electric bicycle’s battery eventually expired. That’s when I had one of the strangest good news-bad news times of my life. Good news: I had saddlebags including three pre-charged batteries! Bad news: heave and squeeze as I might, the brand-new five-pound…

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British Columbia road trip: the art of getting lost

This epic Canadian landscape is best enjoyed on a meandering, unplanned overland tour in a Jeep with a bed on the roof The best road trips have few defined plans. They’re about the thrill of discovery, of not knowing what comes next. Forget detailed itineraries that look like a shopping list. As Kerouac said:” There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so only keep rolling under the stars .” That’s my kind of road trip. This is why I was so excited to find out about overlanding, defined as self-reliant…

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Northern Spain road trip: pull over for pintxos

Theres great food and striking design on the route from the Basque country to Galicia, taking in boutique hotels and beautiful beaches The road from San Sebastian to A Coruna is one of big cities, pretty fishing towns, high cliffs and raging sea. It skirts the rugged Basque coast, runs through lush Cantabria and Asturias, and objective up in Galicia, on the wildly beautiful Costa de la Muerte. San Sebastian is all about food, and there is so much to recommend. Stay a few minutes from the old township and…

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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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