Unusual dive sites

Grenada © R Gombarik, Shutterstock Grenada is the self-proclaimed ‘wreck-diving capital of the Caribbean’. There are indeed numerous sites within recreational dive limits, including the largest shipwreck in the Caribbean, the Bianca C. There are lots of marine creatures, colourful reef fish, and hard and soft corals, as well as …

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Exploring the Amazon from source to mouth

Want to travel the full length of the Amazon? You’re not alone. It’s the ambition of many travellers; for some a lifelong goal, for others an interesting foray into another way of life. Perhaps unkindly, one travel journalist dubbed the journey ‘the most boring trip in South America’. If you are a hardcore adventurer, …

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Diros Caves

The village of Pyrgos Dirou announces itself with a line of tourist shops. There’s little of interest in the settlement itself, and no real reason to stay here, but unless the very idea of caves gives you the complete heebiejeebies, the turn-off towards the coast should not be ignored. The Diros cave system is …

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Wild swimming in the South Hams

A far cry from swimming countless lengths in a pool, swimming outdoors offers the chance to become part of your environment by literally immersing yourself in it. Every swim is a new experience: spot sand eels in the shallows, watch moon jellies drifting by, or swim over a shoal of seabass. It’s easy to lose track of time …

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Sailing, surfing and windsurfing

With the trade winds providing a remarkably steady force 5 to 6 in winter falling to a gentler force 3 to 4 in summer, wind is never lacking, and Cape Verde has become an international windsurfing and kitesurfing destination. Sailing Sailing around the islands is still quite unusual. At any one time there might …

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Where to go in September

Our recommendations this month come from the following Bradt Guides:               Ancient statues atop Mount Nemrut © Pecold, Shutterstock Watch the sunset over Mount Nemrut Late summer, with its clear light and long days, is the best time for making the ritual pilgrimage up to eastern Turkey‘s mountaintop sanctuary …

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Braderie de Lille

Europe’s biggest street sale runs throughout the weekend of 5–6 September, with genuine antiques, bric-a-brac, collectables, clothes, bikes and junk on sale along 10km of pavements. The two-day sale continues for 39 hours – over 3,000 official stalls have been pre-booked and another 1,000 spaces are up for grabs, not …

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Travel writing competition 2015 – winners

At a wonderful ceremony at Stanfords Bookshop in London, the winners in our annual Independent on Sunday/Bradt Travel Guides travel-writing competition were announced.  To an audience of Bradt authors, previous winners and nervous finalists, Simon Calder revealed the overall winner to be Liam Hodkinson. Liam, a runner-up in last year’s …

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To Oldly Go – Stanfords event

Travel tales that will turn your hair grey We, with Stanfords Bookshop, invite you to an evening with Hilary Bradt, Matthew Parris and friends talking about our brand new book ‘To Oldly Go‘ at Stanford’s London Store onThursday 24th September from 6.30pm to 8.00pm. Join Hilary Bradt, Matthew Parris and friends for an evening of irreverent discussion and readings from To Oldly …

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Ethiopia: then and now

Make no mistake, Ethiopia in 1994 could be tough going.  Wrapping up the seventh edition of this guidebook, it’s strange to think that a full 21 years has passed since I first explored Ethiopia to put together what would become the first modern guidebook to a then practically unknown destination. It …

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