It’s a list that includes Alaska, Italy’s Aeolian Islands and the Kii Peninsular in Japan – but sitting at the pinnacle of Lonely Planet’s Top Regions to Visit in 2018 is a rather more familiar destination: Northern Ireland. Belfast, in particular, is a spot that really caught the judges’ eyes. The last 20 years have been times of distinct change in the city, from a heavily patrolled centre to a thriving sprawl of urban creativity. And lying just beyond is a whole expanse of scenery that will leave you breathless for a wholly different reason – namely the stunning natural beauty of the otherworldly Causeway Coast. So read on, and find out why you should visit Northern Ireland in 2018.
If all the drama and excitement in the lead up to the British Open has whetted your appetite, take a look at these other great golf tournaments taking place across Europe this year. Whether you’re looking to take on the greens yourself or simply catch the newest talent rising through the ranks, you’ll find the perfect golfing break here. From fantastic family fun days to luxurious resort breaks to taking on the pros, here’s our guide to the best alternative European golf tournaments of 2017.
When it comes to romance, it’s hard to beat a quick European getaway. Throughout the continent, candlelit cuisine and bewitching scenery await any couple seeking an enchanting break for two. The twinkling lights of Paris or wistful waterways of Venice are standard settings for a starry-eyed rendezvous, but they aren’t the only locations for lovers. There are scores of secret spots across Europe for an unforgettable romantic escape.
Whiskey is as much a part of Ireland’s identity as the country’s endless rolling landscape of meadows, quiet villages and untamed coastlines. That’s because the Emerald Isle naturally provides the perfect conditions to cultivate each ingredient needed to create this honey-coloured spirit, especially thanks to its abundance of barley and fresh, clean water. Indeed, Irish whiskey dates all the way back to the 13th century and a handful of distillers still use the same time-honoured traditions that have served the people for generations. Check out our guide to the best distilleries, and discover why whiskey is the true spirit of Ireland.
The Easter Half Term is just around the corner and with the days getting longer (and hopefully warmer) it’s the perfect time to plan a holiday away. While far flung places may be more difficult to organise with young children who just want to run around and play, there are actually plenty of fantastic destinations just a stone’s throw away. To inspire your fun family adventure we take a look at some of the easiest places to escape to this Easter Half Term.