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Vancouver

Canada’s third-largest city is a haven for culture vultures and as the country marks its 150th birthday, there’s never been a better time to go, says Catherine Van Brunschot Why go? When it comes to sheer physical character, Vancouver has everything you could want from a city...  Read More »

San Francisco

Fifty years on from the Summer of Love, the hippie city has blossomed into a thriving tech hub. Start planning your escape to visit the home of Alcatraz, says Lizzie Frainier Why go? San Francisco is a city that incubates innovation, radical thinking and progress. Residents are...  Read More »

Bilbao

This Basque beauty has impactful architecture, brilliant beaches, one of the best museums in the world and a unique gastronomic identity, says Imogen Lepere Why go? Famously passionate and proudly independent, the Basques are an enigma. Although their unofficial country straddles...  Read More »

Jakarta

Fuelled by caffeine and the buzz of industry, this steamy metropolis has culture in spades and is the ideal staging post for exploring Asia, says Blossom Green. Why go? Think of Indonesia and you’ll likely conjure up an image of tropical beaches, jungles and rice paddies punctuated by mildly...  Read More »

Kyoto

Japan’s ancient capital serves up an impeccable slice of the past with classic cuisine and the breathtaking beauty of pastel pink cherry blossoms, says James Williams Why go? Buddhist shrines, wooden houses, tea served in tatami (rice mat) rooms – Kyoto is an unabashed keeper of traditions. It was Japan’s...  Read More »

Paphos

Be seduced by myths, meze and Mediterranean scenery in this seaside city – not least as it has been named a European Capital of Culture 2017, says Imogen Lepere. Why go? Throughout its history, Cyprus, and Paphos in particular, has charmed the most unlikely people. Mark Antony gave it to Cleopatra...  Read More »

Reykjavik

Geothermal springs, a fluid creative scene and history stretching back to Viking warriors make the world’s most northerly capital city worth setting sail for, says James Williams Why go? More than one-third of Iceland’s 323,000-strong population reside in this small but very...  Read More »

Cape Town

Home to golden beaches, a burgeoning cultural scene, top-quality wines and Table Mountain, it’s time to seek out some much-needed sunshine, says Francesca Hool Why go? Lapped by Atlantic waves and shrouded by the looming shadow of Table Mountain, Cape Town is South Africa’s...  Read More »

Edinburgh

Knock back a wee dram to ensure you stay warm as you step out to explore the chilly but welcoming streets of the Scottish capital, says Lizzie Frainier Why go? For a city brimming over with history and tradition, Edinburgh is achingly modern when it comes to food and hotels. What...  Read More »

Ho Chi Minh City

Merging colonial architecture with a buzzy and contemporary restaurant scene, the river city formerly known as Saigon is seriously on the up, finds Blossom Green Why go? Vibrant, youthful and oh so cosmopolitan, the largest city on Vietnam’s verdant south coast is ripe for exploration...  Read More »