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Amazing travel guide reveals the hidden gems of the Balearic Islands

There are tourist traps galore on the Balearic islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. But each also has enticing hidden sides – and this tome will show you how to find them. Wild Guide Balearic Islands () reveals ‘deserted beaches, plunging cliffs, emerald coves, mountain peaks, caves and ancient ruins’. To keep your wanderlust fired up there are 350 images included in the guide, along with GPS coordinates of every location so you can precisely pinpoint the tucked-away spots that are unveiled. Plunge in and you’ll find images of a ‘magical’ bay in west Menorca; an Iron Age necropolis on the east side of the island; a unique restaurant on an islet in west Mallorca serving up ‘delicious paella’, and a secluded sandy cove in south Ibiza. The authors (and as it happens the photographers too) – sisters Anna Deacon and Lizzie Graham – say in the introduction: ‘We fell in love with the Balearic islands on our first visit two decades ago, when we discovered a side to them that we hadn’t heard or read about, entirely at odds with their touristy reputation. ‘We were entranced by the ever-changing landscapes, the olive groves, vineyards, dry-stone walls, breathtaking turquoise […] read more
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How my night with Beyoncé became the most embarrassing experience

Unlimited Moët champagne, food created by the world’s finest chefs including Caviar for breakfast, and Beyoncé playing live for the first time in four years, no wonder the launch of the new Atlantis The Royal hotel in Dubai was billed the showbiz event of the year so far. I was one of the lucky few to be invited to the grand opening of the Emirate city’s latest plush resort, joining A-listers from across the globe for a weekend of VIP treatment that was quite simply lavish to the extreme. US model , Australian actress and singer were some of the stars on the guest list and it’s easy to see why they made room in their packed diaries to fly across the world for three-nights of luxury inside the new opulent hotel. There was no expense spared for the launch, Beyoncé was paid a reported £24million to perform her hour-long set, which finished with a monumental firework display that lit up the Dubai skyline.  The launch of the new Atlantis The Royal hotel in Dubai was billed the showbiz event of the year so far after Beyoncé performed for the first time in four years  I was one of the lucky […] read more
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10 reasons why Crete is the perfect spot for your autumn getaway

The beautiful Greek mainland and its amazing collection of islands have so much to offer, it’s no surprise they’ve long been the destination of choice for summer holidaymakers. But with the peak holiday period passing and the crowds dying down  With the temperatures cooling it’s easier to spend more time outdoors, ideal for lazy cafe days, sightseeing and exploring the stunning walking and hiking trails which criss-cross much of Greece’s spectacular landscape. Crete is the largest island in Greece, and the fifth largest one in the Mediterranean Sea And of all the incredible destinations in Greece, perhaps the most magical and enchanting is Crete truly has everything – whether you’re on a trip with friends, a family holiday, a romantic break for two or adventuring solo. As summer draws to a close, there’s never been a better time to visit, so here are just 10 reasons to check out this idyllic island during the off-season. 1. Natural beauty Samaria Gorge – one of the many stunning areas of natural beauty on Crete  Whilst its beaches are amongst the best in the world, the rest of Crete’s beautiful landscape, made up of breathtaking mountains, fertile valleys and steep gorges, is also worth exploring. […] read more
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Why those in the know are going to Central Dalmatia this summer

There is a place where islands bask in brilliant sunshine and the charming squares of ancient towns drip with vibrant flowers.  Where brooding mountains invite you to explore endless trails and the Mediterranean climate ripens grapes for wine, olives for silky oils and the vegetables on your plate.  This is , the beating heart of the Adriatic. During the balmy heat of summer, you can explore UNESCO towns and Roman ruins, or simply cool off with a swim in hidden coves and bays.  Dalmatia is a land of variation and surprise, offering a glimpse into over 2,000 years of culture, a wealth of natural beauty and a patchwork history interlaced with the stunning blues of the Adriatic and emeralds of the hinterland.  No wonder those in the know are choosing Central Dalmatia for a sunshine break with a difference. Explore the best beaches Beautiful beaches abound on the Markaraska Riviera Found between the fragrant pine forests and the azure waters of the Adriatic south of Split, the endless beaches of the Markaraska Riviera are framed by the magnificent Biokovo mountain range and best enjoyed with a walk along the beautiful waterfront promenade.Here, secret coves provide moments of tranquillity, and unspoilt nature […] read more
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New book reveals the best wild swimming spots in Croatia and Slovenia

A new travel guide reveals a wilder way to immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes of Croatia and Slovenia.    Wild Swimming Croatia & Slovenia takes a deep dive into the countries’ untamed and secluded places to take a dip, from dreamy coves on car-free islands to crystal-clear lakes and from secret plunge pools at the bottom of waterfalls to aquamarine canyons. This aquatic voyage takes in 120 spots altogether, with GPS coordinates listed for every one. The book, which is illustrated with lavish photography, aims to be the ‘perfect guide’ for everyone from ‘families on holidays or explorers looking for their next adventure’. The author, Hansjorg Ransmayr – a lifeguard, competition swimmer, mountain guide and white water canoeist – writes in the introduction: ‘From the idyllic to the adventurous, from fresh water to brackish and salt water, there is a fabulous range of swimming possibilities. ‘I like to regard my book primarily as a source of inspiration to practice wild swimming with body, mind and soul – as a “gentle art of swimming” with awe and respect for nature – as well as to actively protect the environment and all kinds of bodies of water.’  Scroll on for our pick of the most […] read more
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