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Top 10 brew pubs in Europe: readers travel tips

CK Browar, Krakow, Poland Winning tip: CK Browar, Kraków, Poland This majestic brewery tap is situated underneath the cobbles of Poland’s second – and oldest – city. The beer hall opens up with long, communal tables inviting thirsty punters to order a tower of their homemade beers. Choose from light, ginger, dunkel or weizen beers

Onwards and upwards

View over Derwentwater in the early morning. Photograph: Backyard Productions/Alamy Continuing my Pilgrim’s Progress clockwise tour of hillocks in Lakeland, as started four weeks ago and aborted in Buttermere through fatigue, I recently resumed the trail again. My original plan, intended for leg-strengthening following my hip revision operation, was meant to take only a day.

Travel tips: autumn in Greece, plus deals of the week

Peaceful Milina, on Greece’s Pelion peninsula. Photograph: Walter Bibikow/Getty Images Take me there: Pelion, Greece Why go?Unlike the Greek islands, which shut up shop in September, the beautiful Pelion peninsula on the mainland has year-round appeal. Autumn is the perfect time to explore the stone-built villages on the slopes of Mount Pelion, linked by kalderimi,

How green was my vineyard: a tour of Waless wine region

Photograph: The Photolibrary Wales / Alamy/Alamy It wasn’t wine weather. Leaden clouds were hanging low over the Vale of Glamorgan, their frayed edges occasionally touching the fields as drizzle. There was no indication that I was in grape country; perhaps the sign would say gwin, Welsh for wine. I asked in Cowbridge, a small, affluent

Levi Roots on Jamaica

‘The best place for people-watching is Coronation Market in Kingston. It is the eighth wonder of the world!’ Levi Roots. Photograph: Rebecca Reid /Rex Jamaica is the biggest small island in the world. The saying “Jamaica: no problem,” is true: Jamaicans are always happy, and they want to make you happy, too. When you get

Narbonne: On France’s secret riviera

Golden daze … Gruissan has been a popular holiday spot for Narbonne families since the mid-19th century. Photograph: Jean-Pierre Degas/Getty Images The afternoon was taking on a rosy glow, and not just because of the aperitif of vin citronné (white wine with lemon) or even the crisp rosé that followed. Each time we looked up

Cool holiday cottages on the Norfolk coast

The Long House, Cockthorpe Designed by the architects behind Glyndebourne opera house and London’s Olympic velodrome (hopkins.co.uk), this deceptively simple, barn-shaped building is a paean to the region’s flint structures and marshlands. Internally, its clean, open-plan layout and enclosed spiral staircase create a church-like calm, while views from a strip of first-floor windows are a

Summer sessions: Ibibio Sound Machine’s West African soundtrack

Ibibio Sound Machine is fronted by Eno Williams Photograph: /Soundway Combining modern electronic influences with classic highlife, disco and psychedelic soul, Ibibio Sound Machine’s music is forceful and vibrant. Fronted by British/Nigerian vocalist Eno Williams the band have received acclaim from the likes of Jools Holland, since their bassy-heavy debut single Let’s Dance hit the

Top 10 pop-up restaurants and food experiences in Amsterdam

It’s good to share … &samhoud places street food specialises in small plates – and a neat twist on the burger &samhoud places street food Steps from Centraal station, the original &samhoud places has two Michelin stars thanks to Heston Blumenthal-esque molecular maestro Moshik Roth. Now, a more affordable sister venue has opened below, with

Piedmont wine route: top 10 guide

Barolo wine region, Piedmont, Italy Photograph: Bon Appetit/Alamy Even in the midst of summer, the idyllic vineyard landscapes of Piedmont are rarely invaded by crowds of tourists, and the run-up to the grape harvests, beginning in September, can be an ideal time to visit winemakers, who have more time than usual to let visitors taste