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The Alentejo

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Go to be bewitched. Portugal’s largest region, covering a third of the country, truly captivates. Think dry, golden plains, rolling hillsides and lime-green vines. A rugged coastline, traditional whitewashed villages, marble towns and majestic medieval cities. Plus a proud if melancholic people, who valiantly cling to their local crafts.

Centuries-old farming traditions – and cork production – continue here. Alentejo’s rich past offers Palaeolithic carvings, fragments from Roman conquerors and solid Visigothic churches. There are Moorish-designed neighbourhoods and awe-inspiring fortresses built at stork-nest heights.

And the cuisine? Alentejo is the destination for traditional food. Gastronomic delights are plentiful – pork, game, bread, cheese, wine, and seafood along the coastline. Bird life and rare plants are prolific, and walking opportunities abound.

The world is (finally) catching on to Alentejo. Get there before it does.

AApr & May Red and yellow flowers mingle with golden plains, and it’s baby stork time!

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The Best of Chicago

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It's hard to know what to gawk at first. High-flying architecture is everywhere, thanks to Mrs O'Leary's cow (who kicked over the lantern that burned down the city in 1871, and created the blank canvas for lofty new designs). Whimsical public art adds to the eye-candy. This tour swoops through the Loop, taking in the best of it all, from sky-high record breakers to art-deco landmarks, a pink flamingo and shiny Bean, plus a visit to Al Capone's dentist thrown in for good measure.

Start Daley Plaza; Blue Line to Washington

Finish Willis Tower; Brown, Orange, Purple, Pink Line to Quincy

Length 1.25 miles; one hour

Fortify with a glass of wine and uber-rich dessert in in the cool, clubhouse-like space of Seven Lions ( MAP GOOGLE MAP ; %312-880-0130; www.sevenlionschicago.com; 130 S Michigan Ave; mains $15-27; h11am-11pm Mon-Fri, from 10am Sat & Sun; mBrown, Orange, Green, Purple, Pink Line to Adams).

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Ala Moana & Around

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Ala Moana means ‘Path to the Sea’ and its namesake road, Ala Moana Blvd, connects the coast between Waikiki and Honolulu. Although most people think of Ala Moana only for its shopping mall, Ala Moana Regional Park – Oʻahu’s biggest beach park – makes a relaxing alternative to crowded Waikiki, and a bevy of locally famous restaurants hide out in the area.

MStart out with a coffee at Fresh Cafe, but make sure to give yourself plenty of time at the enthralling Honolulu Museum of Art. Take a break when needed at the excellent Honolulu Museum of Art Cafe.

RYour afternoon will include some shopping and sun. Browse the shops at Ward Warehouse and Ward Center – don't miss Native Books/Nā Mea Hawaii. Wander across to Ala Moana Beach Park for some time on the beach. It won't be long before the Ala Moana Center beckons.

NGrab dinner and drinks up at Mai Tai Bar on the Hoʻokipa Tce of the shopping center. Your day wouldn't be complete without a sunset stroll around Magic Island back out at the beach park.

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Directory A–Z

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For more accommodations reviews by Lonely Planet authors, check out http://lonelyplanet.com/hotels/. You’ll find independent reviews, as well as recommendations on the best places to stay. Best of all, you can book online.

New England provides an array of accommodations, but truly inexpensive options are rare. Reservations are recommended, especially in high season.

AB&Bs Intimate, family-run guesthouses are often contained in historic or architecturally interesting homes. Properties range widely, from economical to luxurious.

ACamping The most basic campgrounds have bathing facilities and electricity/water hook-ups, while others offer more extensive recreational facilities.

AHotels Found mainly in cities, hotels include run-of-the-mill chains, historic properties and stylish boutique hotels.

ARoadside motels What they lack in style, they make up for in convenience and cost. Often offer the best value for budget and midrange travelers.

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Newcastle & Northeast England

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The irrepressible city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne anchors England's northeast. Set on the mighty River Tyne, this former industrial powerhouse's steep hills are lined with handsome Victorian buildings, and many of its one-time factories and warehouses have been transformed into galleries, museums, bars and entertainment venues. Newcastle's nightlife is legendary and revelling in an evening on the tiles here is a quintessential experience.

Newcastle is also an ideal gateway for escaping into the northeast's utterly wild, starkly beautiful countryside – from the rounded Cheviot Hills to brooding Northumberland National Park and the remote North Pennines. Spectacular Hadrian's Wall cuts a lonely path through the landscape, dotted with dramatic fortress ruins that are haunting reminders of the bloody struggle with the Scots to the north, while the region's unspoilt coastline takes in long, desolate beaches, wind-worn castles and tiny, magical islands offshore.

AMay in the northeast brings the chance to celebrate all things Roman at the week-long Hadrian’s Wall Festival.

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