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10 smaller European Capitals of Culture you may not have heard of

Its not just major European cities that benefit from the award, many other destinations have received a cultural boost over the 35 years of the project In 1983, Melina Mercouri, the then Greek minister of culture, proposed a scheme to celebrate art, history and heritage across Europe. By putting a different city in the spotlight each year, Mercouri hoped to showcase the continents cultural diversity, while highlighting shared values. The European Capital of Culture programme, which was established in 1985, has been a huge success, with more than 60 cities…

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10 of the best pilgrim routes in Europe: readers travel tips

From marching with monks to heavenly Korean food, our tipsters have experienced joy spiritual and earthly on these venerable trails Winning tip: Pilgrims Way, Winchester to Canterbury A 10-day pilgrimage from Winchester to Canterbury, following Walking The Pilgrims Way by Leigh Hatts (Cicerone), included many ups and downs, both literal and emotional. There are many glorious parts of the walk, but the one that took my breath away was the hard push up Hackhurst Downs in Surrey, through a gorgeous yew-lined avenue, which then opened magnificently on to Blatchford Down.…

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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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10 of the best off-grid adventures in Europe: readers tips

From islands in Sweden to peaks in Georgia, readers expose their favourite unspoilt corners Winning tip: Roaming Romania The Fagaras are Romania’s highest mountains and we spent a couple of periods hiking them from our base in the beautiful town of Victoria; the open-air market had everything we needed for the day, and trail labels were excellent. We abode at elanillodepicos.com Adan Profile Readers’ gratuities competitor: send a tip-off for a chance to win a PS200 voucher Show Hide Every week we request our readers for recommendations from their trips.…

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10 of the best off-grid adventures in Europe: readers tips

From islands in Sweden to peaks in Georgia, readers divulge their favourite unspoilt corners Winning tip: Roaming Romania The Fagaras are Romania’s highest mountains and we invested a couple of days hiking them from our base in the beautiful township of Victoria; the open-air sell had everything we needed for the day, and trail markings were excellent. We stood at elanillodepicos.com Adan Profile Readers’ tips competition: send a tip-off for the opportunity to win a PS200 voucher Show Hide Every week we request our readers for recommendations from their travellings.…

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