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From ancient villages to stories from the locals, we uncover some of the Aegean Sea’s most gleaming pearls as we island-hop across the paradise idylls of Greece’s Cyclades. Elsewhere, we discover authentic Maori culture in New Zealand; wind our way along the Volga in Russia; and spend a long weekend in Tunis. Our urban highlights this issue include Istanbul, Lisbon, Mumbai and Bordeaux while our photo story introduces the freedivers of Jeju Island in South Korea.

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As you approach Santorini on the ferry from Piraeus
DON’T MISS
AN EXPERT – LED DAY OF TRAVEL WRITER OR PHOTOGRAPHY
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WITH SUBMISSIONS COVERING THE GLOBE, WE PRESENT THE BEST IMAGES AND VIDEOS FROM THIS YEAR’S NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELLER (UK) PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION 2018
Mountains meet the Mediterranean in this far-flung corner of Italy, full of dense pine forests, emerald lakes and sun-drenched olive groves. Trentino is a land of enchanting beauty, where locals have a deep-rooted relationship with their natural world
SMART TRAVELLER
What’s new // Do it now // Food // On the trail //
We’ve been here and we’ve been there, and our team have found a few things we thought we’d share
Three of Picasso’s most famous paintings are reunited at London’s Tate Modern this month — the first time they’ve been shown together since (they were created in) 1932
Cherry blossoms have long been synonymous with Japan, but there are other places that celebrate sakura season
Long veiled in intrigue, one of Japan’s most renowned cultural icons is undergoing a renaissance
Epic sporting challenges aren’t all about how fast you cross the finish line, but getting out of your comfort zone with your team in tow
Chef Virgilio Martinez has helped put Peru on the food map with Lima restaurant Central. He reveals his favourite places to dine, from the capital to Cusco and beyond
This nine-mile walk follows the Stour Valley Path as it journeys between Long Melford and Clare, two of Suffolk’s medieval wool towns. Words: Sarah Barrell
Buenos Aires look out: just across the river, Montevideo’s drawing a younger crowd of hip hippy travellers to Uruguay with its affordable hotels and laidback vibe
Marmalade and tea prove a winning combination on a
Take a fisherman’s advice, and try locally sourced grub — from the daily catch to gorgonzola and pear pizza — in this small Alaskan city by the sea
Go big in England’s smallest county with a gourmet getaway and watersports, walks and antiques, too
A new book charts British photographer David Hurn’s 20-year love affair with the US state of Arizona, from its desert to its residents
National Geographic Traveller (UK) has partnered with Salzburgerland, TUI and Saalbach to offer three nights in the Alps
The limestone hills that surround the city of Ipoh aren’t on the tourist map but their strange formations made them worth casting as a ‘character’ in a novel
The ghost of the Voodoo Queen still looms large in New Orleans, where the priestess used her dark arts as a force for social justice and freedom
What if you could see the Northern Lights without ever having to get off the plane?
From the best weekends in the UK and Ireland to chats with Levison Wood — here are our most popular online posts
INSIDER
You’ll find glimpses of elegant Paris in Tunisia’s capital, but it’s the souks, minarets and ancient crumbling satellite cities that speak to a time when this corner of Africa ruled the Mediterranean. WORDS: Chris Leadbeater
As the heart of a nation known to be a culinary magpie, Lisbon is riding high on a gastronomic revolution which has celebrated its traditional and contemporary cuisines to great effect. Words: Audrey Gillan
A boutique hotel in a neoclassical bank, Ottoman houses that double as cool canteens, and flea markets full of curios — this city on the banks of the Bosphorus marries East and West to startling effect. Words: James Draven
Art deco indulgence is guaranteed in Florida’s hub for retro-cool beach hotels, but don’t dismiss Downtown’s crop of shiny new skyscraper retreats Words: Sam Lewis
FEATURES
Dazzling seas, whitewashed villages, blushing bougainvillaea…
Sifnos is just 15 miles long, but its Rich traditions and contemporary edge combine to create the Cyclades’ hottest food scene
Santorini is every bit as spectacular as it seems on Instagram. But you need to get your boots on to escape the crowds
Naxos is the Cyclades’ natural play ground, with a diverse landscape capable of disarming even the most avid island – hopper
Hedonism and star power dominate its flash summer months, but off - season reveals an island with some times surprising heart
Milos is the rock star of the Cyclades, a geological wonderland whose birth scars are literally etched into the earth
TO GET BENEATH THE SKIN OF MĀORI CULTURE YOU HAVE TO READ BETWEEN THE LINES. BEYOND THE BOMBASTIC NOISE OF TRADITIONAL HAKA DISPLAYS, INDIGENOUS NEWZEALAND LIFE HAPPENS IN THE ‘SMALL PLACES’, IN THE HUSH OF ITS FORESTS AND ON THE QUIET OF ITS LAKES AND SHORES
TAKE TO THE WATERS OF RUSSIA, EXPLORE ST PETERSBURG’S CANALS AND HEAD OUT ONTO THE VOLGA RIVER — DRINKING PLENTY OF VODK A AS YOU GO — IN SEARCH OF THE EVER-ELUSIVE RUSSIAN SMILE
BRANDED ‘KOREA’S HAWAII’, JEJU SEES MILLIONS OF MAINLANDERS FLOCK TO IT EACH YEAR FOR ITS STUNNING NATURAL BEAUTY AS MUCH AS ITS MAN-MADE ATTRACTIONS. BUT JEJU’S ISLANDERS, ESPECIALLY ITS WOMEN HAENYEO (FREE-DIVERS), SEE THE HARD-EDGED BEAUTY WITH DIFFERENT EYES
While its Victorian architecture nods heavily at its past, Mumbai is in the full flush of 21st-century optimism and thriving in its modern incarnation
Bordeaux had long been France’s Sleeping Beauty, snoozing in its southwestern corner. But after years of sprucing up, the wine capital of the world is wide-awake and ready for a close-up.
TRAVEL GEEKS
NEED ADVICE FOR YOUR NEXT TRIP? ARE YOU AFTER RECOMMENDATIONS, TIPS AND GUIDANCE? THE TRAVEL GEEKS HAVE THE ANSWERS…
CORAL REEFS ARE THE JEWELS OF THE NATURAL WORLD, BUT THEY’RE DISAPPEARING AT AN ALARMING RATE. NOW, SCIENTISTS ARE PIONEERING A NEW TECHNIQUE TO SAVE THESE UNDERWATER MARVELS
THE WHITE CONTINENT IS SET TO SEE A BOOST IN VISITORS, BUT WHAT DOES TOURISM MEAN FOR THE WORLD’S LAST GREAT WILDERNESS? WORDS: JAMES DRAVEN
FEMALE SOLO TRAVEL IS MORE POPULAR THAN EVER. OUR TEAM REVEAL THEIR TRIED.AND.TESTED TIPS AND TRICKS FOR A SAFER EXPERIENCE
TECHNOLOGY REPORTER FOR ¡BBCCLICK AND AUTHOR OF WORKING THE CLOUD, KATE RUSSELL PICKS THE LATEST INNOVATIONS
MARK PARREN TAYLOR, THE PHOTOGRAPHER FOR OUR IN PICTURES FEATURE ON P.120, EXPLAINS HOW HE CAPTURED THIS PORTRAIT OF A HAENYEO
From washing lines hanging in the streets of Naples to Tuscany’s verdant hues, Italy has long been a seductive mainstay of travellers. But this time, we leave the stalwarts behind and uncover the alternative highlights of this vibrant and varied favourite
FOR AN INSIGHT INTO MONTREAL’S LEGENDARY PARTY SPIRIT, VISIT DURING ONE OF ITS FESTIVALS. OR BETTER STILL, BECOME A PERFORMER AT ONE OF THE WORLD’S BIGGEST COMEDY FESTIVALS, JUST FOR LAUGHS WORDS: JO FLETCHER-CROSS
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We give you a theme, you give us the photos, with the best published in the next issue. This month is ‘wild weekends’ — the theme of our March 2018 cover story