Icelandic cool in Reykjavik

Almost a decade after Reykjavik was forced to reinvent itself, it remains wonderfully weird, perhaps more than ever, writes Cynthia Rosenfeld.

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Boutique shopping amid Gorey details

Leave the hectic city centres and forget about Fifth Avenue — Gorey, Marlfield House, and Esmonde St have it all, writes Carolyn Moore.

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Travel Digest: TUI deals, Croatia, Hotel Kilkenny, Canary Islands

NEW YEAR

TUI has 2018 options for those interested in Switzerland, Germany, Slovenia, Austria and Italy, priced from €499. 

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Looking to get away for Christmas? There’s still time...

Santa in the sun? Ciara McDonnell checks out the best deals. 

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When you aren’t home for Christmas

Let others do the hard work for you this Christmas and take a festive break at an Irish hotel. We check out what’s on offer    

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Bright lights, big city – and the best shopping

Planning a pre-Christmas shopping trip to Dublin with the girls? Ciara McDonnell rounds up the best hotels for a perfect girls’ weekend in the capital.

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Skiing with your children? Here's all you need to know

Want to try a skiing holiday with your children? Mareike Graepel has all you need to know...

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Paradise found with five-star luxury in the Maldives

The Maldives offers truly five-star luxury with a range of all-inclusive packages, writes Barry Coughlan

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A walk on the wild side in the Austrian Alps

Rita de Brún took an Austrian Alps adventure trekking along the Hohesalve and Wilder Kaiser Nature Reserve.

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Irish cities set to glow this Christmas

Cities in Ireland are catching up with the European mainland when it comes to festive markets, says Ciara McDonnell

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Wonderlands: Ten European Christmas markets worth visiting this winter

Thinking of visiting a Christmas market this year? Ciara McDonnell looks at some of the best Europe has to offer.

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Dubrovnik, the getaway for sea-lover, history buffs and Game of Thrones fans

Croatia’s UNESCO protected heritage city is the perfect getaway for sea-lovers, history buffs and Game of Thrones fanatics alike writes Fiachra Ó Cionnaith.

 

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The Camino's Santiago de Compostela not just for walkers

The Camino’s endpoint, Santiago de Compostela is also a great weekend break, says Michelle Darmody.            

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Ski resorts to suit all tastes and budget

Ski season kicks off in earnest this month and Catherine Murphy has selected a range of options to suit all tastes and budgets.

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Separate ways: Honeymoons with a difference are a growing trend

What happens when your fiancé’s team qualifies for the Euros on the cusp of your wedding day? You take separate honeymoons, of course. While her new husband went to France, Irene O’Brien headed for Canada. And, as she discovered, they weren’t the only couple opting for a honeymoon with a difference

 

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There's more to Munich than Oktoberfest and beer

As Munich celebrates another Oktoberfest, Conor Power visits the city and finds it has far more to offer than beer-soaked streets. Expect history, culture, fine food and shopping on a visit to the annual festival

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From chocolate workshops to horse riding, Kenmare is great for kids

From chocolate workshops to horse riding, Kenmare is one of Ireland’s best holiday destinations for children, writes Vickie Maye

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Walk the steps of the Bronte sisters in the town of York

Geoff Power visits the North Yorkshire landscape that inspired the Bronte sisters and Bram Stoker, and visits the medieval town of York, a haven for anyone with a sweet tooth. 

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Crosshaven House a holiday destination unlike anything in Ireland today

With its private cinema and ‘posh dorms’ it’s no wonder the newly re-opened Crosshaven House is topping travel editors’ must-see lists, writes Vickie Maye

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A purrfect break in the land of the Cats

Esther N McCarthy and family travelled from the Rebel County to Kilkenny to discover fairy trails, a plunge pool with a difference and a heap of hurling history            

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How TV shows are giving us travel inspiration

Movies have long had the power to spark tourist trends, but changing viewing habits and increased TV production values mean it’s the small screen that’s now inspiring serious wanderlust, writes Carolyn Moore

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A cruise with a difference on the Danube in central Europe

Aida Austin explores the Baroque heritage and scenic landscape of central Europe with a luxurious river cruise on the Danube.

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Experiencing the ultimate sun salute in Fuerteventura

 

A week’s yoga and pilates retreat on the Canary Island of Fuerteventura offered good food, new friendships, sunny weather, swimming, hiking, and other activities, for Hilary Fennell.

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Follow Pippa Middleton and head to Glengarriff in West Cork

Noel Baker follows in the footsteps of Pippa Middleton and pays a visit to Glengarriff and the Eccles Hotel.

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Amsterdam has so much more than meets the eye

Jonathan de Burca Butler discovers an Amsterdam that is a lot more than just a sin city, with fine art, fine food, and fine people making it one of Europe’s top destinations for a short break.

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Discover the most south-western point of Africa, Cape of Hope

South Africa’s urban gem is surrounded by stunning scenery and some of the finest vineyards, as Paul McCarthy discovered.

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Your weekly travel tips and tricks

Your travel digest, with Barry Coughlan

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99 reasons to stay local on holidays

They are the places we visited as kids on Sunday drives, where we savoured 99s and rides on the ‘merries’. Three writers revisit their childhood haunts and experience Kinsale, Crosshaven and Cobh through grown-up eyes. Some of them travelled back with their own kids in tow, to explore what our local holiday destinations have to offer the next generation

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Meet Cuba’s best known food blogger

 

Tanja Buwelda ran a restaurant in Crosshaven before moving to Cuba, where she leads sizzling food tours, writes Kevin Pilley.            

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Lots to do in downtown USA city of Pittsburgh

Whether visiting the Warhol Museum or going to a baseball game, you will never be short of something to do in Pittsburgh, says Michelle Darmody

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Lying down on the job in a five-star hotel in Laois

Reviewing the spa at the five-star Heritage hotel, in Co Laois, was relaxing work, says Esther McCarthy

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Trekking through the mountains of Iran more beautiful than beautiful

From glaciers to overwhelmingly friendly welcomes, Dan MacCarthy straps on his boots and goes hiking through the mountains of Iran.

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Historic Iran off the beaten track - but a friendly welcome awaits

Jean O’Hanlon’s last minute tour of Iran introduced her to the fascinating treasures of the Persian Empire which stretches back more than nine thousand years.

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Travel Digest with Barry Coughlan

Havanna good time: Cuba Travel offers a seven night twin-centre getaway to Havana and Varadero with return flights from Ireland on both a B&B and all-inclusive basis. 

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Tapping into the history of Ireland’s Ancient East

Having toured the length and breadth of Ireland, Barry Coughlan finds much more to discover in Ireland’s Ancient East.

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