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  • Albania Travel | Places to visit in Albania | Rough Guides
    Related Guides Hide Related Guides Rough Guide Audio Phrasebook and Dictionary French View Guide The Kvarner Gulf Rough Guides Snapshot Croatia View Guide Alentejo Rough Guides Snapshot Portugal View Guide The Rough Guide to Tuscany Umbria View Guide Pocket Rough Guide Rome View Guide Champagne and the Ardennes Rough Guides Snapshot France View Guide Pocket Rough Guide London View Guide The Algarve Rough Guides Snapshot View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Greece The Dodecanese View Guide The Rough Guide to Provence the Côte d Azur View Guide Tell your friends or family that you re off to Albania and you ll likely receive a stock response Isn t it dangerous Isn t there a war going on there and Is that even in Europe are some of the most common Speak instead to those who have been and the associations with the country s name become infinitely more positive you ll hear of rippling mountains Ottoman architecture pristine beaches and endlessly hospitable locals Following decades of isolationist rule this rugged land still doesn t seem to fit into the grand continental jigsaw with distinctly exotic notes emanating from its language customs and cuisine Pay a visit to this beguiling corner of

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  • Austria Travel | Places to visit in Austria | Rough Guides
    Guide The Rough Guide to Greece View Guide Zuid Holland and Utrecht Rough Guides Snapshot Netherlands View Guide Alsace and Lorraine Rough Guides Snapshot France View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Belgium Brussels View Guide The Best Places to Stay in Britain on a Budget View Guide The Rough Guide to Wales View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Spain Catalunya View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Germany Munich and central Bavaria View Guide Poitou Charentes and the Atlantic coast Rough Guides Snapshot France View Guide Glorious Alpine scenery monumental Habsburg architecture and the world s favourite musical Austria s tourist industry certainly plays up to the clichés However it s not all bewigged Mozart ensembles and schnitzel modern Austria boasts some of Europe s most varied museums and contemporary architecture not to mention attractive and sophisticated cities whose bars cafés and clubs combine contemporary cool with elegant tradition Long the powerhouse of the Habsburg Empire Austria underwent decades of change and uncertainty in the early twentieth century Shorn of her empire and racked by economic difficulties the state fell prey to the promises of Nazi Germany Only with the end of the Cold War did Austria return to the heart of Europe joining the EU in 1995 Politics aside Austria is primarily known for two contrasting attractions the fading imperial glories of the capital and the stunning beauty of its Alpine hinterland Vienna is the gateway to much of central Europe and a good place to soak up the culture of Mitteleuropa Less renowned provincial capitals such as Graz and Linz are surprising pockets of culture innovation and vitality Salzburg between Innsbruck and Vienna represents urban Austria at its most picturesque an intoxicating Baroque city within easy striking distance of the mountains and lakes of the Salzkammergut while the most dramatic of Austria

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  • Places to Visit in Belgium | Where to go in Belgium | Rough Guides
    Guide The Rough Guide to Devon Cornwall View Guide The Rough Guide to Naples the Amalfi Coast View Guide Pocket Rough Guide Madrid View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Spain Catalunya View Guide Alsace and Lorraine Rough Guides Snapshot France View Guide Piemonte and Valle d Aosta Rough Guides Snapshot Italy View Guide Burgundy Rough Guides Snapshot France View Guide Belgium is perhaps the world s most misunderstood nation but also one of its most fascinating punching far above its weight in all sorts of ways With three official languages and an intense regional rivalry between the Flemish speaking north and the French speaking south that perpetually threatens to split the country in two it s actually a miracle that Belgium exists at all But its historic cities most famously Brussels Bruges Antwerp and Ghent are the equal of any in Europe and its cuisine is reason alone to justify a visit with a host of wonderful regional specialities Belgium also boasts some pockets of truly beautiful countryside in its hilly wooded south and the flatter north and perhaps most famously it produces the most diverse range of beers of any country on the planet Many outsiders view Belgium as good weekend break material but not much else which is a pity as this is historically one of the most complex and intriguing parts of Europe Squeezed in between France Germany and the Netherlands Belgium occupies a spot that has often decided the European balance of power It was here that the Romans shared an important border with the Germanic tribes to the north here that the Spanish Habsburgs finally met their match in the Protestant rebels of the Netherlands here that Napoleon was finally defeated at the Battle of Waterloo and most famously here too that the British and Belgians

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  • Bosnia-Herzegovina Travel | Places to visit in Bosnia-Herzegovina | Rough Guides
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  • Bulgaria Travel | Places to visit in Bulgaria | Rough Guides
    Black Sea coast Shop Ebooks Travel Insurance Hostels View map Bulgaria Great value skiing glorious beaches and marvellous monasteries Show Related Guides Hide Related Guides Alentejo Rough Guides Snapshot Portugal View Guide Rough Guide Audio Phrasebook and Dictionary French View Guide The Mediterranean coast Rough Guides Snapshot Turkey View Guide Porto and the Rio Douro Rough Guides Snapshot Portugal View Guide The Rough Guide to Sicily View Guide Pocket Rough Guide Berlin View Guide Pocket Rough Guide Paris View Guide The Rough Guide to England View Guide The Rough Guide to The Italian Lakes View Guide Pocket Rough Guide Istanbul View Guide With several dramatic mountain ranges superb beaches numerous historic towns and a web of working villages with traditions straight out of the nineteenth century Bulgaria has a wealth of attractions crammed into a relatively compact country More than anything else this is a land of adventures once you step off the beaten track road signs and bus timetables often disappear or are only in Cyrillic and few people speak a foreign language but almost everyone you meet will be determined to help you on your way Read More Where to go When to go Essentials Fact file Getting

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  • Places to Visit in Croatia | Croatia Travel | Rough Guides
    the watchword of Croatian cuisine with locally sourced foodstuffs wines and olive oils standing up increasingly well to globalization Croatia has a growing reputation for niche festivals not just in the party the weekend away music events held on beaches and in abandoned factories and ancient sea forts up and down the coast but also in the mushrooming number of arts festivals and small town cultural shindigs And in Zagreb and elsewhere a raft of new galleries and art attractions has given the country a cool and contemporary sheen Croatia is blessed with a wealth of natural riches boasting almost 2000km of rocky indented shore and more than a thousand islands many blanketed in luxuriant vegetation Even during the heavily visited months of July and August there are still enough off the beaten track islands quiet coves and stone built fishing villages to make you feel as if you re visiting Europe at its most unspoiled There s plenty in the way of urbane glamour too if that s what you re after with swanky hotels yacht filled harbours and cocktail bars aplenty especially in à la mode destinations such as Dubrovnik and Hvar Wherever you go though you ll find that Croatia retains an appeal for independent travellers that s in short supply at more package oriented destinations elsewhere in the Mediterranean Most budget and mid range accommodation is still in the form of private rooms and apartments and there has been an explosion in the number of backpacker friendly hostel type establishments in the major cities The country has certainly come a long way since the early 1990s when within the space of half a decade almost uniquely in contemporary Europe it experienced the collapse of communism a war of national survival and the securing of independence Two

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  • Cyprus Travel | Places to visit in Cyprus | Rough Guides
    in particular warm to not just the climate but the familiar traces of home cars driving on the left red pillar boxes and even the comforting sight of Marks Spencer amid the palms and searing heat a legacy of decades of colonial rule Another aspect of the island s reputation either enticing or off putting depending on your interests is as a hedonistic lager fuelled heaven hell A heady mix of cheap flights cheaper drinks and bored squaddies from Britain s two military bases on the island has inevitably led to some frankly grim scenes at many resorts Yet determined action by the local authorities in places like Agia Napa combined with clubbers inevitably moving on to the next big thing has led recently to a much more sedate ambience Venture beyond the resort restaurants knocking out fish and chips pizza and more recently Russian borscht and it s not hard to find another Cyprus Traces of the exotic and Levantine are never far away from elegantly ruined Lusignan and Venetian castles and teetering Islamic minarets to cool mountain villages hiding sacred icons from the very first days of Christianity The other key attraction is the Cypriots themselves who whether Greek or Turkish in ancestry seem to have a shared DNA programmed to welcome visitors particularly those with youngsters in tow if eating out with your kids don t expect the tutting and disapproving glances you may be used to at home And if you are travelling alone be prepared to answer countless questions about your family occupation even your salary Cypriots have few inhibitions about satisfying their curiosity and it is almost certain that your mild mannered interrogator will have a connection with your own country cousins who work there siblings who are at university there or even whole

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  • Places To Visit In The Czech Republic | Visit Czech Republic | Rough Guides
    architectural magic Show Related Guides Hide Related Guides Pocket Rough Guide Prague View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Europe on a Budget Czech Republic View Guide The Rough Guide to Prague View Guide The Rough Guide to Brittany Normandy View Guide Friuli Venezia Giulia Rough Guides Snapshot Italy View Guide The Rough Guide to the Cotswolds Includes Oxford and Stratford upon Avon View Guide Istria Rough Guides Snapshot Croatia View Guide Pocket Rough Guide Berlin View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Spain The País Vasco and Navarra View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Greece The Cyclades View Guide Sitting in the centre of Europe with Germany to the east Poland to the north Slovakia to the east and Austria in the south the Czech Republic has one foot in Western Europe and one in the Slavic East Prague never lets you go said Franz Kafka this dear little mother has claws Prague gets her golden claws into tourists too and few ever make it outside the capital But those who tear themselves away won t be sorry the honey coloured spa towns in the Sudeten Mountains Bohemia s Renaissance breweries and hilltop ruins and the tumbling vineyards and underground bars of Moravia are

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