Going Places

I’m looking to book a holiday for my wife and myself this June. We’re quite an adventurous couple so we’d love to visit somewhere we can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities in the sun. We’d like to visit somewhere less touristy. Is there anywhere in Europe you can recommend?

Set off the coast of the south of France and the west of Italy, Corsica is known as...

Just over the border there’s a strange place Corknonians are often loath to tread. Waterford is often forgotten about in terms of scenery and history in comparison with Cork or Kerry, but it’s a haven of fantastic places to see and great things to do. Whether you’re into fine food (The Tannery in Dungarvan deserves its legendary status), spectacular scenery (the cliffs at...

So many friends have visited the Thai islands Phuket, Koh Samui and Phi Phi, I’d love to go. Can you recommend some luxurious but affordable places to stay?

Thailand is a fabulous destination and there is so much to see and do. The islands you have chosen to visit are true gems and I can guarantee you won’t experience a holiday like it anywhere else in the world. Often...

Now that summer is on the way (any day now, we promise!) it’s time to start planning your annual getaways, and all the work that’s been put in to making Ireland more attractive to foreign tourists in recent years has had the additional benefit of making it a great place for we Irish to explore in more detail too!

There’s been a big boom in active holidays, not just for...

When people are writing a history of the 21st Century, one of the big stories will be the evolution of cruise ships. All through the 20th century ships were very much the same and very much the preserve of the rich, but in the last 13 years the boundaries have been pushed out to such a level in terms of size and facilities that it is no wonder that cruising is enjoying the largest growth in...

Battling through Galway’s traffic is no easy task, but the rewards on the other side are immense, as the stunning beauty of Connemara — brittle fractures of rock jutting out into the ravenous Atlantic and a hundred thousand reflective lakes, some enormous, some barely larger than ponds — spreads out before you like a tapestry made of every fairy–tale image ever conjured...

I fancy immersing myself in some traditional French culture. Where should I be heading?

Toulouse – also known as 'La Ville Rose' (the pink city) – is a very affordable city which takes its name from the dusty pink bricks of the medieval Vieux Quartier. It has a rich cultural lifestyle which boasts a strong Latin vibe through its medieval streets, with a...

I’d never been to Mayo before, in spite of years of listening to people tell me how brilliant and beautiful it is, and now I’m sorry I waited so long because nobody did it justice. From the beautifully desolate high roads to the towering, monolithic mountains and the long incursions of the Atlantic between fingers and spits of limestone countryside, this is almost a land apart. It...

Maybe it is the green in our flags, or perhaps the laid back attitude we share, but the Irish and the Mexicans seem to have a bit of a love affair going. Mexico appeals to all sectors, but particularly honeymoon couples and of late Irish Weddings are quite popular in Mexico.
 
It could be to do with the wonderful weather or perhaps the powder–sand beaches or maybe even...

Barcelona has this week been voted ‘Europe’s Coolest City’ and is the most popular place on Irish tourists’ wish lists, with nearly 40% of us saying that the Catalan capital is our ideal destination. Barcelona easily beats off competition from both London and Paris, outstripping them in popularity here by 22% and 24%, respectively.

“Cool,” “...

If you’re a lover of music and travel, then you owe it to yourself to make one of the world’s greatest opera pilgrimages and take the trip of a lifetime to Verona’s famous opera festival.

This year will mark the 93rd festival and will run from the middle of June right through until the beginning of September, featuring legendary works liks Verdi’s Nabucco and...

Switzerland, landlocked, mountainous and proudly not part of the EU, is a world apart. It juts up out of the centre of Europe, straddling the Alps which define so much of its character, and for a small country it has enormous diversity. It’s remained famously neutral throughout all sorts of trials and tribulations, thanks in no small part to its legacy as Europe’s safe–...

My husband and I are hoping to have a trip abroad this May before the busy high-summer season begins. We’d love sunshine and the sea but it would be great to travel somewhere with history and interesting things to see and do. Is there anywhere that comes to mind?

If it’s sun and sea you’re after with a little more diversity, Malta is the place to be. Located in the...

I have heard about folks from the US’s Mid-West describing themselves as “real Americans” and of their reputation for being genuinely nice people but not until I went there did I appreciate how open and welcoming the people of Chicago really are.

I went travelling to Chicago in March just at the end of the really cold weather and a few things — apart from the...

Springtime, and especially Easter, are traditionally times to set off on the mighty Camino de Santiago, a pilgrim trail to the beautiful Galician town of Santiago de Compostela where legend has it St James the Apostle, patron saint of both Spain and Portugal, is buried in a tomb at the heart of the cathedral.

Dozens of walking routes join together and little streams of pilgrims become...

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