Pousada’s the way for historical luxury in Portugal

Every country has its hidden gems, but it’s possible that Portugal has more than most in its collection of pousadas — or high-end historic lodging houses. Tony Clayton-Lea travelled to Portugal to road-test a few of these palatial pousadas, as well as taking in the Portuguese interior.

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This is how to spend 24 hours in Belfast

Caroline Hennessy makes a quick visit to Belfast to see just how much food she can pack into 24 hours.

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Weekend break: Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Dublin

Rita de Brún is impressed by the four star Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, which has been lovingly refurbished recently.

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When is the best time to book your holiday?

Tony Clayton-Lea says time is of the essence if you don’t want to be left behind - and early booking is crucial when it comes to popular sun destinations.

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Kinsale’s warm welcome and warm food make it ideal to visit

THE waitress in Kinsale’s cosy cafe, Poet’s Corner, confides: “if you were to listen to all the chat and gossip in here, you would have enough material for ten novels.”

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A weekend break in Limerick city

Eoin Edwards spends a weekend in Limerick in a Georgian delight and savours all No 1 Pery Square has to offer.

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A trip to expensive Norway is worth the price

Norway may be expensive, but the experiences of getting up close with whales and catching the sacred Northern Lights are most definitely worth it, writes Manchán Magan.

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Paris is spoilt for choice when it comes to cakes and pastry shops

Here are 10 of our favourite places to buy cake in the French capital, Paris.

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Time to enjoy a holiday without the kids

Mairead Robinson enjoys the sheer bliss and luxury of a child-free holiday.

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Explore the most romantic destinations for Valentine’s Day lovers

Tony Clayton-Lea explores the most romantic destinations to wine and dine your beloved and (re)ignite the passions.

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Aghadoe Heights distinctly unpretentious

There are lots of reasons to go to a spa.

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Brittany delivers the goods for a family camping holiday

Although a late convert, Eoin English is smitten with family holidays ‘en France’.

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