West Cork

Travelling west by public transport from Cork can be tough. There are at least two daily bus services in summer connecting towns, but some routes are not serviced at all during the rest of the year. The trick is to plan ahead at Cork, have the timetables committed to memory, and be prepared to change buses and backtrack. Make friends with Bus Eireann ( in Cork 021-450 8188 www.buseireann.le). If you're so inclined, hitchhiking is another lovely way to get around West Cork. Just 13km down the...

Schiltach

The prettiest town in the Black Forest is easily Schiltach, where there is the always underlying roar of the Kinzig and Schiltach Rivers, which meet here. Half-timbered buildings lean at varying angles along the crisscrossing hillside lanes. The tourist office ( 07836-5850 www .schiltach .de Hauptstrasse 5 S 10am-5pm Mon-Fri, to 2pm Sat) can help with accommodation and has a lot of English-language information. Be sure not to miss the Schiittesage-museum (Hauptstrasse 1 S 11am-5pm Tue-Sun...

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Hotel Fiirstenhof ( 1400 www.starwood.de Trondlin-ring 8 r 135-350 E (S) ) The best place to stay in town has roots going back 200 years. The current edition has 92 rooms, a fine garden and reeks of old world elegance. It's part of the Starwood conglomerate. Kartoffelhaus Ho 1 ( 960 4603 Barfussg sschen 12 mains 6-12) Kids love the spuds, and you can get 'em baked, fried, boiled, grilled and more (that's the tubers not the kids). Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum ( 965 1321 Kleine Fleischergasse 4...

Extreme Sports

Interlaken is the world's second-biggest adventure sports destination, just behind New Zealand, and everything you can think of in this regard is offered from here (although the activities take place in the greater jungfrau region). Options include skydiving (Sfr380) paragliding (Sfrl50) night sledding past frozen waterfalls followed by a fondue dinner (Sfr95) skiing or snowboarding including transport, lift ticket and appropriate clothing and gear rental (Sfrl65) and fly-in, drink a glass of...

Tours

Both Derry Visitor & Convention Bureau ( 7126 7284 www.derryvlsitor.com 44 Foyle St S 9am-5pm Mon-Frl, 10am-5pm Sat mld-Mar-Jun & Oct, 9am-7pm Mon-Frl, 10am-6pm Sat, 10am-5pm Sun Jul-Sep, 9am-5pm Nov-mld-Mar) and City Tours ( 7127 1996 www.lrishtourguldes.com 11 Carlisle Rd) offer walking tours of the city walls for around 4. Free Derry Tours ( 0779 328 5972 www.freederry .net) also does a fantastically informative tour and its founder, Ruairi O'Heara, might very well be Derry's most...

Eating Drinking

Balmer's has the town's hottest after-dark scene especially when its club is open , with Funny Farm a close second, and guests rarely leave at night. Self-caterers can stock up on beer and food at the Coop Pronto Hoheweg 11 . Balmer's Cafe amp Grill 033 8221961 www.ba Imers .ch Hauptstrasse 23 mains Sfrl0-12 The American-style food think big juicy burgers and greasy fries served here is quite good and fairly priced, making it an option even if you're not staying at the hostel. The loungelike...

Getting There Away

Alghero's airport Fertilia AH0 079 93 60 51 www.algheroalrport.it is extremely popular with low-cost airlines Ryanair and Air One, as well as Alitalia and British Airways. To reach Alghero, take the Logudoro bus from Cagliari 12.50, four hours, one to three daily depending on season or connect in Sassari by bus or train. There are hourly buses to Sassari 3 to 3.50, 50 minutes, about hourly between 5.35am and 7.50pm and a train service 1.85, 35 minutes, 11 daily . The bus stop is next to the...

Sleeping

Pension Thalia 22510 24640 Kinikiou 1 s d 25 30 This pension has clean, bright rooms in a large house. It is about a five-minute walk north of the main square, up Ermou, the road that links the south and north harbours. Follow the signs from the corner of Ermou and Adramytiou. Pension Iren 22510 22787 Komninaki 41 d tr ind breakfast 30 35 One block back from the waterfront, rooms here are simple but clean. It's easy to find and not far from the ferry quay should you be arriving late at night....

Hohe Tauern National Park

You wouldn't guess from its small stature, but little Austria actually contains the largest national park in the Alps. Straddling Tirol, Salzburg and Carinthia, the Hohe Tauern National Park stretches over 1786 sq km. At the heart of this protected oasis of flora and fauna including marmots and some rare ibexes lies the Grossglockner 3797m , Austria's highest mountain. The Grossglockner towers over the lOkm-long Pasterze Glacier, which is best seen from the outlook at Franz Josefs H he....

Lesvos Mytilini Aeebe Mytiahnh

The third-largest of the Greek islands after Crete and Evia, fertile Lesvos is mountainous and presents excellent hiking and bird-watching opportunities. Lesvos has always been a centre of philosophy and artistic achievement and to this day is a spawning ground for innovative ideas in the arts and politics. Spoil yourself with a taste of the island's prized olive oil, ouzo and sardines, or relax in its therapeutic hot springs. An excellent source of information on the island is...

Bewitching Harz

The Harz Mountains constitute a mini-Alpine region straddling Saxony-Anhalt and Lower Saxony. Here, medieval castles overlook fairy-tale historic towns, while there are caves, mines and numerous hiking trails to explore. The region's highest - and most famous - mountain is the Brocken, where one-time visitor Johann Wolfgang von Goethe set the 'Walpurgisnacht' chapter of his play Faust. His inspiration in turn came from folktales depicting Walpurgisnacht as an annual witches' coven. Every 30...

Tourist Information

Pick up the free Leo Bussola guide at tourist offices. It contains comprehensive city listings and a useful public transport map on the inside back cover. Azienda di Promozione Turistica central Information line 041 529 87 11 www.turismovenezia.it Lido Gran Viale Santa Maria Elisabetta 6a S 9am-12.30pm amp 3.30-6pm Jun-Sep Marco Polo airport Arrivals Hall s 9.30am-7.30pm Piazza San Marco Map pp756-7 Piazza San Marco 71f S 9am-3.30pm Mon-Sat Piazzale Roma Map pp756-7 S 9.30am-1pm amp 1.30-4.30pm...

Ancient Corinth Acrocorinth Apxaia Kopinoe Akpokopinoe

The ruins of ancient Corinth 27410 31207 site amp museum 6 S 8am-7.30pm Apr-0ct, to 5pm Nov-Mar lie at the edge of the village of ancient Corinth, and 7km southwest of Corinth's modern town. It was one of ancient Greece's wealthiest cities, but earthquakes and invasions have left litde standing. The only ancient Greek monument remaining is the imposing Temple of Apollo the others are Roman. Towering over the site is Acrocorinth, the ruins of an ancient citadel built on a massive outcrop of...

Orientation Information

Chios Town, on the island's eastern coast, is a working port and home to half the island's inhabitants. A main street runs in a semicircle around the port, with most ferries docking at its northern end. The kas-tro old Turkish quarter is to the north of the ferry quay, and Plateia Vounakiou, the main square, is just south and inland from the quay. The municipal tourist office 22710 44389 infochio otenet.gr Kanari 18 S 7am-10pm Apr-0ct, to 4pm Nov-Mar is on the street that runs inland to the...

Castelo De Vide Marv

A worthy detour north of Estremoz, is the hilltop spa town Castelo de Vide, noted for its picturesque houses with Gothic doorways. Highlights are the Judiar a Old Jewish Quarter , the medieval backstreets and yet another castle-top view. Try to spend a night here heading skywards to Marvao, a fabulous mountain-top walled village population 190 12km from Castelo de Vide. The tourist offices Castelo de Vide 245 901 361 Rua de Bartolomeu Alvares da Santa 81 Marvao 245 993 886 Largo de Santa Maria...

Sleeping Eating

It is virtually impossible to find a room in August unless you book in advance, and you'd do best to book ahead in June or July, just in case. There is only one hotel in the historic centre. Camping La Mariposa 079 95 03 60 Via Lido 22 per person tent 10.50 5, bungalow up to 72 S Apr-Oct About 2km north of the centre, this low-key camping ground is on the beach. Hotel San Francesco fax 079 98 03 30 www .sanfrancescohotel.com Via Ambroglo Machln 2 s d tr incl breakfast 58 92 120 The only hotel...

Santorinithira

Stunning Santorini, shaped like a doughnut with a bite taken out of its southwestern side, is unique and should not be missed. Viewed from a boat in the doughnut's hole, the starding sight of the submerged caldera almost encircled by sheer lava-layered cliffs - topped off by clifftop towns that look like a dusting of icing sugar - will grab your attention and not let it go. If you turn up in the high season though, be prepared for relendess crowds and commercialism because Santorini survives on...

Symi Eymh

Symi is an inviting, rocky, dry island 24km north of Rhodes. The port town of Gialos is a Greek treasure, with pastel-coloured mansions heaped up the hills surrounding the protective little harbour. Symi is swamped by day-trippers from Rhodes, and it's worth staying over to enjoy the island in cruise control. The town is divided into Gialos, the port, and the tranquil horio village above it, accessible by taxi, bus or 360 steps from the harbour. There is no tourist office. The best source of...

Information

Mus e Fesch 5 C2 Mus e National de la Maison Le Grand Caf Napol on Le Papadonu Open-AIr Food Market Established by Napoleon's uncle, the exceptional Mus e Fesch g 04 95 21 4817 50-52 rue du Cardinal Fesch adult student 5.50 4 S 2-6pm Mon, 9.30am-6pm Tue-Thu, 2-2.30pm Fri, 10.30am-6pm Sat amp Sun Jul amp Aug, 9.30am-noon amp 2-6pm Tue-Sun Apr-Jun amp Sep, 9.30am-noon amp 2-6pm Tue-Fri amp Sun Oct-Mar has the finest collection of 14th-to-19th-century Italian art outside the Louvre mosdy looted...

Igoumenitsa HrOymenitea

One of the least interesting towns in the region, this west-coast port is litde more than a ferry hub. If you must stay the night, look for doma-tia signs around the port. Try the apdy named Rooms to Let 26650 23612 Xanthou 12 s d 35 42 , which is handy for the ferry and has decent enough rooms. Alekos 2665023708 Eth n ikis Andistasis 84 mains 3-6 is a reliable eatery near the Corfu ferry quay that does good Greek taverna staples. From the bus station 26650 22309 Kyprou 29 , there are buses to...

J F Mam J J A So N D

Bought at normal shops and supermarkets in another EU country, where certain goods might be more expensive. Cigarettes in France, for example, are cheaper than in the UK. In this case the allowances are more than generous 800 cigarettes, 200 cigars or 1kg of loose tobacco 10L of spirits more than 22 alcohol by volume , 20L of fortified wine or ap ritif, 90L of wine or 110L of beer and unlimited quantities of perfume. On the whole, you should experience few problems travelling in Western Europe...

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To Ross Castle 1.5km R J Gap of Dunloe 6km 17 Thp Ring of Frrry First Murtjrss Caravan amp Camping Part-ni 3hm Furhsia Hrusr ' 5km Flemings White Bridge Caravan amp Camping Part P 5i m Murtrrrss Esta'te 5 Pt mi fenmare 07i m To Ross Castle 1.5km R J Gap of Dunloe 6km 17 Thp Ring of Frrry First Murtjrss Caravan amp Camping Part-ni 3hm Furhsia Hrusr ' 5km Flemings White Bridge Caravan amp Camping Part P 5i m Murtrrrss Esta'te 5 Pt mi fenmare 07i m Finding a room can be tricky during the high...

Lakonian Mani

The wild and remote Lakonian Mani is dotted with striking stone-tower houses, and is loveliest in spring when the barren countryside bursts into life with a spectacular display of wildflowers. Areopoli, some 30km southwest of Gythio, has a number of lovely towers on the narrow, cobbled streets of its old town. Nearby are the stunning Diros Caves 27330 52222 adult concession 12 6 S 8am-5.30pm Jun-Sep, to 3pm Oct-May , where a subterranean river flows. Gerolimenas, 20km further south, is a...

City Centre

The wheelchair-accessible Renaissance-style City Hall 9027 0456 Donegall Sq admission free S guided tours 11am, 2pm amp 3pm Mon-Fri amp 2.30pm Sat Jun-Sep, 11am amp 2.30pm Mon-Frl amp 2.30pm Sat Oct-May , completed in 1906, is a testament to the city's Industrial Revolution success. At the northeastern corner is a statue of Sir Edward Harland - the Yorkshire-born engineer who founded Belfast's Harland amp Wolff shipyards - whose famous yellow twin cranes Samson and Goliath tower above the city....