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WILD AMBITION

Crossing dunes facing the Atlantic, in Namibia’s Namib-Naukluft Park.
AS TOLD TO PETER GRUNERT. PHOTOGRAPHS: KAVRAM/SHUTTERSTOCK, MATEJ HUDOVERNIK/SHUTTERSTOCK, COURTESY OF NETFLIX
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EXPLORE
See Dubai outside its skyscraper-spiked centre, in a quarter where people ride bikes, walk dogs and say hi to their neighbours. Local Hayley Skirka shows us around Motor City @hayleyscottie
Edvard Munch’s The Scream has been endlessly reproduced on everything
WHILE MOTELS ARE GENERALLY associated with US road trips, visitors
Britain’s first gin hotel, the Distillery in Notting Hill, is
This year marks a trio of golden anniversaries for the
ASPIRING ERNEST SHACKLETONS, TAKE NOTE. POLAR EXPLORER Captain Louis Rudd
Use our visual guide to plot how many hours you’ll need to fly from the UK to reach this spring’s top experiences
A CANAL VIEW IS ALWAYS ON THE WISH LIST WHEN
Eight reasons to choose Croatia’s lively second city for your next weekend break
Unscrambling the origins of an ancient springtime tradition
The peak of the summer solstice is an incredibly special
JOURNAL
We reveal the winning images from our Instagram competiton, this month on the theme of ‘blue’
Take a wrong turn, or follow your nose, and anything can happen, from enlightenment or a blissfully early night to communing with semi-wild pigs
Peter Grunert on seeking out local life in the meandering, uncrowded backwaters of Venice
Hannah Vaughan, 27 is a First Ofcer for British Airways’ short-haul fleet. She qualified three years ago, and has accrued around 2,500 flying hours
FEATURES
Scattered like pearls across the shimmering Aegean and Ionian seas, the Greek islands have lured many with their charms. From the times of Jason and his adventuring Argonauts and Frankish Crusaders to incursions by Mamma Mia film crews, myth and enchantment enfold the islands much like their ribbons of sugar-sof sand. There’s nothing quite like spotting the shoreline from a sun-drenched ferry deck and sailing into a port. And, in Greece, getting there is an essential part of the adventure. There are reckoned to be 227 inhabited islands to choose from (and countless more specks in the sea), so read on to wise up on the fine art of island-hopping, and discover which of the seven main island groups beckons you most…
Greece’s islands get all the glory – but don’t overlook its incredible capital. Whether you deploy it as a hub or a destination in its own right, tailor your trip with our short-break ideas
...and other life lessons from the Inhabitants of Fair Isle, Britain’s furthest-flung Inhabited Island
National parks were first created in the USA, where their peerless diversity includes Alaskan glaciers, Californian deserts, Floridan mangroves and Hawaiian volcanoes. Our dedicated, updated USA’s National Parks guidebook is published this April, and you’ll find some of its highlights in these pages. Whether you want to join the select number of visitors who try to bag every national park (Alaska’s more remote ones are a real challenge), or work a couple into a great American road trip, you can start to number out your wish-list right here
A magnet for creatives, and possessed of a wild nightlife, the Serbian capital has been dubbed ‘the new Berlin’ – but dive deeper and you’ll discover the once war-torn city has a personality all its own
From Georgian quirk in Broadstairs to a forest spa in Ceredigion, plus bonus picnics and pizza, we present 18 special places to stay around England, Scotland and Wales this spring
TOP PICKS
Liverpool’s impressive cultural heritage, dating hack to when it was Britain’s second most important city, is a source of justifiable pride to Scousers. Find o ut why in our guide to its cultural highlights
At nine miles by five, Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands and is big on interest, from, the buzzing capital, St Helier, to superb beaches. Read on to find how to make the most of your time here
The No rwegian capital is compact, cultured and fun. With our handy guide, explore one of its museums, get to know its booming contemporary-art scene, and marvel at the work of its starchitects
Berlin has embraced plant-based food with religious zeal, and vegan cafés and restaurants serving inspired menus are sprouting up all over town – read on for our selection of the best
Scenically wedged between mountains and ocean, replete with old forts and excellent museums, the capital of Oman is a joy to visit. Make the most of your time there with our pick of its highlights
Venture inland and, upwards from, Cape Town and you’ll find the best-known wine producers in South Africa. Get yourself a designated driver, and set off on a tour with this guide to our favourite wineries
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