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Teterías & Hammams

Planet, Lonely Lonely Planet Publications ePub

In contrast to other parts of Spain, the Moorish residence in Andalucía had a sense of destiny and permanence. Between 711 and 1492, the region spent nearly eight centuries under North African influence, and exotic reminders still flicker in teterías (teahouses) and hammams (bathhouses) in cities such as Córdoba, Granada, Almería and Málaga.

Forget tall, low-fat vanilla lattes poured into cheap takeaway cups – Andalucía’s caffeine lovers prefer to hang out in more exotic teterías: Moorish-style tearooms that display a hint of Fez, Marrakech or Cairo in their ornate interiors. Calle Calderería Nueva in Granada’s Albayzín is where the best stash are buried, but they have proliferated in recent years; now even Torremolinos has one! Look out for dimly lit, cushion-filled, fit-for-a-sultan cafes, where pots of herbal tea accompanied by plates of Arabic sweets arrive at your table on silver salvers.

Best Teterías

Tetería Dar Ziryab, Granada

La Tetería, Málaga

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Seattle

Planet, Lonely Lonely Planet Publications ePub

Seattle

pop 634,535

Combine the brains of Portland with the beauty of Vancouver and you’ll get something approximating Seattle. It’s hard to believe that the Pacific Northwest’s largest metropolis was considered a ‘secondary’ US city until the 1980s, when a combination of bold innovation and unabashed individualism turned it into one of the dot-com era’s biggest trendsetters, spearheaded by an unlikely alliance of coffee-supping computer geeks and navel-gazing musicians. Reinvention is the buzzword these days in a city where alt-rock still resonates and grassroots microbusinesses compete with global brands. Surprisingly elegant in places and coolly edgy in others, Seattle is notable for its strong neighborhoods, locavore food, outlandish public art and proactive city mayors who harbor green credentials. Lording over it all is Mt Rainier, Seattle’s unifying symbol, a 14,411ft mass of rock and ice that acts as a perennial reminder to the city’s huddled masses that raw wilderness is never far away.

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Serralves

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This arrestingly minimalist, whitewashed space was designed by the eminent Porto-born architect Álvaro Siza Vieira in 1999 and classified a National Monument in 2012. Despite its out-of-the-way location on Porto's western fringes, it is one of Portugal's most-visited museums and an absolute must-see for fans of contemporary art. Besides the gallery, there is the pristine art-deco villa, Casa de Serralves, to explore and an 18-hectare park dotted with sculptures, a lake and pockets of woodland to roam.

GOOGLE MAP
www.serralves.pt ; Rua Dom João de Castro 210 ; adult/child museums & park €8.50/free, park €4/free ; h 10am-7pm Tue-Fri, 10am-8pm Sat & Sun, shorter hours in winter

m The estate and museum are 6km west of the city centre. Exit the at Casa da Música, where there are onward connections on buses 201, 203, 502 and 504 at the Boavista Rotunda.

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Coniston, Hawkshead & Around

Planet, Lonely Lonely Planet Publications ePub

     Includes »

     Coniston

     Hawkshead

     Grizedale Forest

     Hill Top Near Sawrey

     Graythwaite Hall Gardens

     Wray Castle

Windermere might be bigger, Wastwater may be wilder, but Coniston Water maintains a rare air of serenity even on the busiest days. Stretching for 5 miles beneath the Old Man of Coniston, the lake is still famous for the speed attempts made here by Malcolm and Donald Campbell, but today it’s altogether more tranquil – the only boats you’ll see skimming across its surface are a couple of solar-powered launches and an antique steam yacht.

Cloaked with woodland and criss-crossed by winding lanes, this is a famously picturesque corner of the Lake District. It’s also well known for its literary connections: John Ruskin lived here, William Wordsworth went to school here and Arthur Ransome was inspired to write Swallows and Amazons while staying here. But as always, it’s Beatrix Potter who looms largest: she adored the countryside around Coniston and Hawkshead and wrote some of her most famous tales at the idyllic little cottage of Hill Top in Near Sawrey.

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Antigua & Barbuda

Planet, Lonely Lonely Planet Publications ePub

     Includes »

     Antigua

     St John’s

     Fort James

     Dickenson Bay

     Jolly Harbour to Cades Bay

     Fig Tree Drive

     English Harbour

     Half Moon Bay

     Barbuda

     Codrington

     Frigate Bird Sanctuary

     West South Coasts

On Antigua, life is a beach. It may seem like a cliché, but this improbably shaped splotch of land is ringed with beaches of the finest white sand, made all the more dramatic by the azure waters, which are so clear they’ll bring a tear to your eye or a giggle to your holiday-hungry throat.

If life on Antigua is a beach, its isolated neighbor Barbuda is a beach: one smooth, sandy low-rise amid the reef-filled waters. Birds, especially the huffing and puffing frigates, greatly outnumber people.

Back on Antigua, there are lots of people, many famous. Guitar-picker Eric Clapton, rag-trader Giorgio Armani and tastemaker for the masses Oprah all have winter homes here. Some of the Caribbean’s most exclusive resorts shelter in the myriad bays and inlets. But don’t worry, mere mortals thrive here as well. No matter your budget, you will find a beach with your name on it.

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