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  • Eight wet and wild water adventures | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    of the best places to swim outdoors in the UK You can even go on a dedicated swimming holiday with professionals Swimtrek www swimtrek com organizes holidays in the Scilly Isles and the Scottish Inner Hebrides as well as overseas including Croatia and Greece In each destination you ll swim several kilometres a day across lakes rivers and sea under the eye of an experienced guide For a taste of their holidays try a weekend short escape in the Norfolk Broads the River Wye or the Lake District where you ll swim the dramatic Western Lakes of Crummock Water and Buttermere and spend a full day crossing the isolated picturesque Easedale Tarn Snorkelling around Chumbe Island Zanzibar In the turquoise waters around Chumbe Island Coral Park 6km off the west coast of Zanzibar there are around four hundred species of fish and two hundred species of stone coral Quite simply this tropical island nature reserve is home to one of the world s richest coral gardens On day trips to the reserve from Zanzibar you can follow snorkelling trails along Chumbe Island s shallow reef fishing and scuba diving are prohibited in the reserve s waters though you can dive neighbouring reefs Though there are no beaches as such it s possible to walk all around it at low tide when you can poke around rock pools for crabs and starfish But the best thing about Chumbe is that you can stay the night on the island in beautifully designed bandas two tiered bungalows with thatched palm roofs Rainwater is collected and stored in cisterns under the floors of the bandas where it s heated by solar power to feed the showers and basins The clever design of the roofs ensures that there s plenty of ventilation though you can detach a removable side wall to allow natural sea breezes to waft in For prices and bookings see www chumbeisland com Diving in Mnazi Bay Marine Park Tanzania Southern Tanzania is the place to go if you re looking for unspoilt reefs Marine biologist and conservationist Martin Guard runs a PADI centre in the quiet fishing village of Mikindani in Mtwara from where he takes divers to the 200 square kilometre Mnazi Bay Marine Park a little visited protected area full of coral and fish species You re likely to see large turtles and giant groupers as well as channel and patch reefs spectacular drop offs and extensive spur and groove formations Accommodation is next door to the centre at Ten Degrees South an English owned rustic retreat with a bar and seafood restaurant staffed by locals The dive centre also doubles as a marine research and environmental education centre A levy of US 1 from every dive goes to a fund for the local Naida community while US 10 is taken from each diver s daily fee to help the marine park authorities keep this untouched area pristine and ensure the diving remains world class For prices reservations and

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  • Spotlight on Senegal | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    it covers an area the size of England and Scotland combined or about half the size of California with a relatively small population of around 13 million It has a robust and fairly open democracy wonderful dance music a fascinating history a tolerant expressive and colourful version of Islam great beaches good national dishes and even a couple of decent safari parks with some of West Africa s best wildlife viewing And yet although it almost entirely surrounds The Gambia the popular charter destination favoured by British package tourists English speaking visitors have largely ignored Senegal Why the country has been so overlooked is partly down to the quirks of colonialism from the seventeenth century the French were firmly based at the port of Saint Louis in the mouth of the Senegal River and they later developed Dakar as the capital of their West African colonies and set about turning the country into an overseas French territory The British on the other hand secured a fort in the mouth of the Gambia River only in the late nineteenth century and then did nothing with it So while the French and to some extent other European visitors flock to Senegal every winter the British stick to their hotels on the short Gambian coastline and only occasionally explore across the border Which is a shame because there s a lot that s worth exploring For a start the capital Dakar is a seductive draw for music fans offering great nightlife and in Thiossane and Just 4 U two clubs well worth a visit And although Youssou N Dour may not play so often now that he s taken the role of Minister of Tourism and Culture in the new government you can rely on Cuban toned classics and great mbalax sounds the irresistibly fast dance music of Senegal s biggest tribe the Wolof most nights of the week May meanwhile sees the annual St Louis Jazz Festival Dakar is also a great spot for markets and its slaving history can be revisited in the houses and museums of the UNESCO listed island of Gorée a short boat ride from the port For surfers the coasts around the Dakar peninsula have a growing reputation for some of West Africa s best breaks Malika Surf Camp is a good first base In the north the crumbling colonial capital of St Louis has a unique ocean side atmosphere haunted by the ghosts of fishermen and slave traders There are one or two good restaurants here too where you can sample excellent poulet yassa chicken marinated in lemon juice pepper and onions poisson farci stuffed fish tiéboudienne rice with fish riz jollof rice with vegetables and sticky red palm oil and beef mutton vegetables or virtually anything in a sauce mafé peanut sauce In the far southeast close to the Guinean border the savannah woodland of the Niokolo Koba National Park shelters lions and elephants and Africa s most northerly population of chimpanzees In the southwest

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  • Rough Guides Snapshot Spain: Catalunya | Rough Guides
    best cafés restaurants hotels shops pubs and nightlife ensuring you make the most of your trip whether passing through staying for the weekend or longer Also included is the Basics section from the Rough Guide to Spain with all the practical information you need for traveling in and around Catalunya including transportation food drink costs health events and outdoor activities Also published as part of the Rough Guide to Spain EBOOK 2 99 EPUB and MOBI GBP EUR USD Buy Ebook This item is already in your basket About ebook formats Published April 2015 Series Snapshots More Products Europe Spain Related Guides 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot Spain Galicia View Guide 18 99 The Rough Guide to Spain View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot Spain Valencia Murcia View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot Spain The País Vasco and Navarra View Guide 5 99 Rough Guide Audio Phrasebook and Dictionary Spanish View Guide 9 99 The Rough Guide to Mallorca Menorca View Guide 13 99 The Rough Guide to Barcelona View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot Spain The Balearic Islands View Guide 7 99 Pocket Rough Guide Madrid View Guide 9 99 Pocket Rough Guide Barcelona View Guide 15 99 The Rough Guide to Andalucia View Guide 2 99 The Turquoise Coast Rough Guides Snapshot Turkey View Guide 13 99 The Rough Guide to Brittany Normandy View Guide 6 99 Pocket Rough Guide Athens View Guide 2 99 Oslo Rough Guides Snapshot Norway View Guide 12 99 The Rough Guide to First Time Around The World View Guide 20 99 The Rough Guide to Scottish Highlands Islands View Guide 2 99 Porto and the Rio Douro Rough Guides Snapshot Portugal View Guide 11 99 The Rough Guide to Sweden View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot Belgium Bruges

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  • Stockholm Rough Guides Snapshot Sweden | Rough Guides
    hotels shops bars and nightlife ensuring you have the best trip possible whether passing through staying for the weekend or longer Also included is the Basics section from the Rough Guide to Sweden with all the practical information you need on transport accommodation food and drink costs outdoor activities and festivals Also published as part of the Rough Guide to Sweden Equivalent printed page extent 52 pages EBOOK 2 99 EPUB and MOBI GBP EUR USD Buy Ebook This item is already in your basket About ebook formats Authors James Proctor Neil Roland Format Ebook Watermarked More info Published November 2012 Series Snapshots More Products Europe Stockholm Sweden Related Guides 11 99 The Rough Guide to Sweden View Guide 19 99 The Rough Guide to Europe on a Budget View Guide 2 99 The Great Glen Rough Guides Snapshot Scotland View Guide 15 99 The Rough Guide to London View Guide 19 99 The Rough Guide to Great Britain View Guide 20 99 The Rough Guide to Scottish Highlands Islands View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot Germany The Black Forest View Guide 7 99 Pocket Rough Guide London View Guide 11 99 The Rough Guide to Croatia View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot Germany North Rhine Westphalia View Guide 2 99 Poitou Charentes and the Atlantic coast Rough Guides Snapshot France View Guide 9 99 The Rough Guide to the Lake District View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot Spain The Balearic Islands View Guide 14 99 The Rough Guide to Norway View Guide 2 99 Champagne and the Ardennes Rough Guides Snapshot France View Guide 14 99 Make the Most of Your Time in Britain View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot Scotland Edinburgh View Guide 13 99 The Rough Guide to Barcelona View Guide 9 99

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  • Secret beaches in Europe and around the world | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    always pretty quiet as to reach it you need to get a boat part of the way and walk the rest The silky white sand of Plage de Loto is just a 40min walk east along the coast but if you want to have these secluded beaches to yourself once the day trippers have gone you can pitch a tent in the shade of the trees behind Saleccia s dunes at Camping U Paradisu Yérakas beach Greece Yérakas is not your typical Greek beach Loggerhead turtles come here to lay their eggs so it s off limits to tourists from dusk till dawn and deckchairs are banned With resort facilities absent tourism here is designed to complement the natural beauty of the surroundings and guests are encouraged to learn more about the delicate environment Visitors can take catamaran trips to view the turtles or explore the countryside by jeep or on foot with or without a guide Both the island of Cephalonia and the site of Olympia are short ferry rides away Beaches in Riserva dello Zingaro Italy The Riserva dello Zingaro is in the northwest of Sicily about an hour from Palermo It s a popular day trip for city dwellers but go mid week or out of season and you ll have the isolated beaches to yourself Established to protect a 7km stretch of coastline it s the island s first nature reserve and home to numerous flora and fauna The only way in is on foot and it s the perfect place for a walk on a pristine beach or if you re feeling more energetic there are lots of inland mountain walks to be tackled Treasure Beach Jamaica Away from the packed resort of Montego Bay in the southwest of Jamaica Treasure Beach is a friendly Bohemian place where you get a feel for the way of life of the local fishermen and farmers It is in fact four loosely connected bays which are strung out along 10km of sublime secluded beaches private coves and rocky shorelines Though the area can get crowded in peak season there are a lot of quiet spots where you can enjoy lounging on the beach or sampling the local food in a nearby beach café Thottada beach India On this secluded beach in northern Kerala you ll get a length of palm fringed shoreline to yourself bar a few fishermen hauling in their catch Kannur Beach House two minutes from the beach and next to a freshwater lagoon is the place to stay the comfortable rooms have wonderful views of the pristine sands Plus the friendly owners cook and dine with you and will take you on various trips there s even a boat you can borrow but you ll probably have to row that yourself Kooljaman beach Western Australia Run by the local Aboriginal communities Koojaman offers a total escape into the Australian wilderness Unzip your tent early in the morning and you can watch the sun rise over

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  • World Heritage Sites | Overlooked World Heritage Sites | Rough Guides
    the cheapest places to travel 20 places to embrace your inner hippy The most beautiful places in India 20 brilliantly colourful places The most beautiful places in the USA as voted by you The most beautiful places in England 20 of the best family travel destinations In pictures around Italy in 16 foods 30 inspiring quotes to live by from around the world 20 seriously weird places around the world 20 of the best honeymoon destinations The most beautiful city in the world as voted by you View by Destination Africa Egypt Ethiopia Kenya Madagascar Mali Morocco Namibia Rwanda South Africa Tanzania Zanzibar Tunisia Asia Cambodia China India Indonesia Japan Laos Malaysia Mongolia Myanmar Burma Nepal Philippines Singapore South Korea Sri Lanka Taiwan Thailand United Arab Emirates Vietnam Australasia Australia Fiji New Zealand Central America the Caribbean Barbados Belize Costa Rica Cuba Guatemala Jamaica Panama Puerto Rico Trinidad Tobago Europe Austria Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Czech Republic Denmark England Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Italy Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Scotland Serbia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey United Kingdom Middle East Dubai Israel Jordan North America Canada Mexico USA South America Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Ecuador Peru View

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  • The Rough Guide to China | Rough Guides
    also includes in depth background on China s history and culture and a language section to help you get in touch with the people China is one of the world s oldest civilizations and its newest great power this book will help you understand and explore this extraordinary destination Make the most of your time with The Rough Guide to China Now available in ePub format EBOOK 19 99 EPUB MOBI and PDF GBP EUR USD Buy Ebook This item is already in your basket About ebook formats PAPERBACK CHOOSE A RETAILER BELOW AMAZON US BARNES NOBLE Published June 2014 Series Main Series More Products Asia China Related Guides 2 99 The Yangzi Basin Rough Guides Snapshot China View Guide 20 99 The Rough Guide to Shanghai View Guide 2 99 Tibet Rough Guides Snapshot China View Guide 2 99 The Yellow River Rough Guides Snapshot China View Guide 12 99 The Rough Guide to Southwest China View Guide 12 99 The Rough Guide to Beijing View Guide 7 99 Pocket Rough Guide Hong Kong Macau View Guide 16 99 The Rough Guide to Korea View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot Vietnam Hanoi View Guide 14 99 The Rough Guide to Laos View Guide 17 99 The Rough Guide to Nepal View Guide 15 99 The Rough Guide to India View Guide 18 99 The Rough Guide to the Philippines View Guide 4 99 Indonesia Rough Guides Snapshot Southeast Asia on a Budget View Guide 2 99 Hokkaido Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot Malaysia Kuala Lumpur View Guide 15 99 The Rough Guide to Thailand s Beaches Islands View Guide 24 99 The Rough Guide to Japan View Guide 2 99 Central Honshu Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide 15 99 The Rough

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  • Formidable fortresses – 20 imposing castles | Photo Gallery | Rough Guides
    of the cheapest places to travel 20 places to embrace your inner hippy The most beautiful places in India 20 brilliantly colourful places The most beautiful places in the USA as voted by you The most beautiful places in England 20 of the best family travel destinations In pictures around Italy in 16 foods 30 inspiring quotes to live by from around the world 20 seriously weird places around the world 20 of the best honeymoon destinations The most beautiful city in the world as voted by you View by Destination Africa Egypt Ethiopia Kenya Madagascar Mali Morocco Namibia Rwanda South Africa Tanzania Zanzibar Tunisia Asia Cambodia China India Indonesia Japan Laos Malaysia Mongolia Myanmar Burma Nepal Philippines Singapore South Korea Sri Lanka Taiwan Thailand United Arab Emirates Vietnam Australasia Australia Fiji New Zealand Central America the Caribbean Barbados Belize Costa Rica Cuba Guatemala Jamaica Panama Puerto Rico Trinidad Tobago Europe Austria Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Czech Republic Denmark England Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Italy Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Scotland Serbia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey United Kingdom Middle East Dubai Israel Jordan North America Canada Mexico USA South America Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Ecuador Peru

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