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  • Places To Visit In Poland | Visit Poland | Rough Guides
    Ebooks Travel Insurance Hostels View map Poland Chocolate box cities shimmering lakes and wonderful wódka Show Related Guides Hide Related Guides Rough Guides Snapshot Europe on A Budget Poland View Guide Pocket Rough Guide Paris View Guide The East Midlands Rough Guides Snapshot England View Guide The Rough Guide to Norway View Guide The Rough Guide to Tuscany Umbria View Guide Rough Guide Snapshot Scottish Highlands and Islands Skye and the Small Isles View Guide Champagne and the Ardennes Rough Guides Snapshot France View Guide Pocket Rough Guide Madrid View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Ireland Dublin View Guide The Rough Guide to Bath Bristol Somerset View Guide Poland has long been a nation steeped in tradition and history although the past twenty years have witnessed such dizzying economic development that the country is starting to feel more and more like the West Still beneath the gleaming surface lies a culture firmly rooted in Eastern hospitality and community values and fascinating reminders of the turbulent past are everywhere Poland is also a land of considerable natural beauty whose idyllic lakes beaches and mountains provide a nice contrast to the cultural rigours of the cities Read More Where to go When to

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  • Portugal Travel | Places to visit in Portugal | Rough Guides
    the Orient Portugal today is a friendly low key place with a laidback vibe and a fantastic coastline much of it fringed by golden sands and endless dunes Its rolling interior is perfect for exploring on foot by kayak by bike or even on horseback though a large part of the country s charm comes from languorous days on the beach dining on fabulously fresh seafood and kicking back with a beer to watch the sunset over the Atlantic The legacy of Portugal s former wealth and power can be seen in its historic cities yet the capital Lisbon superbly sited on the Tejo river estuary is as popular today for its lively clubbing scene as for its grand Manueline monuments and medieval alleyways Porto meanwhile the country s second city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site is the best place to sample some of the many varieties of Portugal s other notable contribution to the world port wine Portugal s borders have changed little since it became an independent country in the twelfth century Mountains make up the bulk of the frontier with Spain with the large rivers of the Minho in the north and the Guadiana in the south adding to this natural divide Early Portuguese monarchs fortified the border with a series of walled towns many sited on dramatic hilltops and these make the border areas some of the most fascinating to visit Beaches and high mountains aside the rest of Portugal is a diverse and verdant country of deep valleys and rolling hills dotted with stone built villages For generations families have eked out a living from the steeply terraced vineyards of the mountainous north and from the cork oak plantations roamed by wild boar that dominate the vast agricultural plains of the south Portugal s prestige and economy have never regained the heights they attained during the golden ages of the fifteenth to eighteenth centuries The country spent most of the twentieth century in deep poverty under the dictatorial rule of Prime Minister Dr Salazar and while joining the European Union had great initial benefits funding new roads and communications Portugal has struggled badly in the recent years of economic crisis Yet although it remains one of the EU s weakest economies Portugal is a remarkably unified country there are no minorities agitating for independence while rivalry between the north and south consists of little more than gentle mockery Indeed Portugal is generally a very tolerant nation and has integrated a substantial population from its former colonies in Africa Asia and Brazil with relative ease Contemporary Portuguese tastes are influenced by the flavours sounds and styles of Brazil Angola and Mozambique in particular It s a Catholic country there are ancient churches in every community and while support for the institutions of the Church may have waned a belief in traditional values remains The Portuguese have embraced contemporary life without ever quite getting rid of the more appealing aspects of previous centuries Fully wired town

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  • Romania Travel | Places to visit in Romania | Rough Guides
    Hide Related Guides Rough Guides Snapshot Europe on A Budget Poland View Guide The Rhône Valley Rough Guides Snapshot France View Guide The Rough Guide to Italy View Guide The Rough Guide to Spain View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Germany Munich and central Bavaria View Guide The Rough Guide to Dorset Hampshire the Isle of Wight View Guide The Rough Guide to Europe on a Budget View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Scotland Glasgow View Guide The north and the Frisian Islands Rough Guides Snapshot Netherlands View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Europe on a Budget Czech Republic View Guide Nowhere in Eastern Europe defies preconceptions quite like Romania The country suffers from a poor image but don t be put off outstanding landscapes a surprisingly efficient train system a huge diversity of wildlife and rural communities and traditions that at times seem little changed since the Middle Ages Romanians trace their ancestry back to the Romans and they like to stress their Latin roots although they have Balkan traits too They see their future as firmly within the Euro Atlantic family and were delighted to join NATO and then in 2007 the European Union The capital Bucharest is perhaps daunting for the first time visitor its savage history is only too evident but parts of this once beautiful city retain a voyeuristic appeal More attractive by far and easily accessible on public transport is Transylvania a region steeped in history offering some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in Europe as well as a uniquely multi ethnic character Its chief cities such as Braşov Sibiu and Sighişoara were built by Saxon German colonists and there are also strong Hungarian and Roma Gypsy presences here In the border region of the Banat also highly multi ethnic Timişoara is Romania s most Western

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  • Places to Visit in Russia | Visit Russia | Rough Guides
    Related Guides Hide Related Guides Rough Guides Snapshot Europe on A Budget Moscow and St Petersburg View Guide Champagne and the Ardennes Rough Guides Snapshot France View Guide South Central Anatolia Rough Guides Snapshot Turkey View Guide The Rough Guide to Naples the Amalfi Coast View Guide The central and southern Aegean Rough Guides Snapshot Turkey View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Germany Hamburg and Schleswig Holstein View Guide The Rough Guide to The Greek Islands View Guide Split and the south Dalmatian coast Rough Guides Snapshot Croatia View Guide The Rough Guide to Sardinia View Guide The Rough Guide to Rome View Guide European Russia stretches from the borders of Belarus and Ukraine to the Ural mountains over 1000km east of Moscow even without the rest of the vast Russian Federation it constitutes by far the largest country in Europe Formerly a powerful tsarist empire and a Communist superpower Russia continues to be a source of fascination for travellers While access is still made relatively difficult by lingering Soviet style bureaucracy visas are obligatory and accommodation usually has to be booked in advance independent travel is increasing every year and visitors are doubly rewarded by the cultural riches of the

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  • Places to Visit in Scotland | Scotland Travel | Rough Guides
    images in some parts ruined castles really do perch on just about every hilltop in summer the glens inevitably turn purple with heather and if you end up in a village on gala day you just might bump into a formation of bagpipers marching down the street The complexity of Scotland can be hard to unravel somewhere deep in the country s genes a generous dose of romantic Celtic hedonism blends somehow with stern Calvinist prudence There s little more splendid here than the scenery yet half the time it s hidden under a pall of drizzly mist The country s major contribution to medieval warfare was the chaotic blood curdling charge of the half naked Highlander yet it s civilized enough to have given the world steam power the television and penicillin Chefs from Paris to Pisa rhapsodize over Scottish langoustine and Aberdeen Angus steaks while the locals are happily tucking into another deep fried supper of haggis and chips It s a country where the losers of battles and football games are more romanticized than the winners Naturally the tourist industry tends to play up the heritage but beyond the nostalgia lies a modern dynamic nation Oil and nanotechnology now matter more to the Scottish economy than fishing or Harris Tweed Edinburgh still has its medieval Royal Mile but just as many folk are drawn by its nightclubs and modern restaurants while out in the Hebrides the locals are more likely to be building websites than shearing sheep The Highland huntin shootin fishin set are these days outnumbered by mountain bikers and wide eyed whale watchers Outdoor music festivals will draw thousands of revellers but just as popular as the pop stars on the main stage will be the folk band rocking the ceilidh tent with accordions and

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  • Serbia Travel | Places to visit in Serbia | Rough Guides
    Northern Serbia Southern Serbia Shop Ebooks Travel Insurance Hostels View map Serbia A Balkan blend of pulsating nightlife idyllic villages and enthralling monasteries Show Related Guides Hide Related Guides Zuid Holland and Utrecht Rough Guides Snapshot Netherlands View Guide Pocket Rough Guide Athens View Guide The Great Glen Rough Guides Snapshot Scotland View Guide Rough Guide Audio Phrasebook and Dictionary Italian View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Greece The Peloponnese View Guide Poitou Charentes and the Atlantic coast Rough Guides Snapshot France View Guide The central and southern Aegean Rough Guides Snapshot Turkey View Guide The Rough Guide to England View Guide The Rough Guide to Cyprus View Guide The Rough Guide to Paris View Guide Serbia is a buzzy and boisterous country compact enough for visitors to sample both Belgrade s urban hedonism and the gentler pace of the smaller towns or national parks within a few days and it s one of Europe s most affordable destinations to boot Grittier than its blue eyed neighbour Croatia it is nevertheless an integral part of any backpacker s Balkan tour at the heart of the region it gives easy access to the cluster of cultures and histories crammed into this small corner of Europe Serbia s young European minded population brings a bubbling energy to its bars cafés and clubs producing an adrenaline charged nightlife unmatched anywhere else in the Balkans The general determination to have a good time confounds the expectations of many a traveller arriving with memories of the 1990s when Serbia s name was not often off war reporters lips Today it s just as likely to attract headlines for its crop of world class tennis players or the annual EXIT festival in Novi Sad Read More Where to go When to go Essentials Fact file Getting there

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  • Slovakia Travel | Places to visit in Slovakia | Rough Guides
    map Slovakia Mountain treks medieval monuments and cobblestone streets Show Related Guides Hide Related Guides The Mediterranean coast Rough Guides Snapshot Turkey View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Europe on A Budget Poland View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot England The Northeast View Guide The Rough Guide to Brittany Normandy View Guide Pocket Rough Guide London View Guide The Rough Guide to Italy View Guide The Rough Guide to Scotland View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Germany Munich and central Bavaria View Guide The Rough Guide to Sicily View Guide The Rough Guide to Europe on a Budget View Guide Hungarians and Turks came to Slovakia for its natural resources and so does the modern tourist Broad sprawling mountains mean good skiing and snowboarding there s excellent caving in the Karst and the rambling hilly midlands are a hiker s paradise Sharing borders with Poland the Czech Republic Austria Hungary and Ukraine Slovakia is landlocked with high mountains in the north low mountains in the centre hills to the west and the Danube basin to the south The population is fairly diverse with over half a million ethnic Hungarians hundreds of thousands of Roma Gypsies and several thousand Rusyns in the east Read

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  • Slovenia Travel | Places to visit in Slovenia | Rough Guides
    Slovenia Baroque architecture cobblestone streets and adrenaline fuelled activities Show Related Guides Hide Related Guides The Rough Guide to Cyprus View Guide Pocket Rough Guide Barcelona View Guide Rough Guide Audio Phrasebook and Dictionary Spanish View Guide South Central Anatolia Rough Guides Snapshot Turkey View Guide The Rough Guide to Rome View Guide Rough Guide Audio Phrasebook and Dictionary Portuguese View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Spain The Balearic Islands View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Ireland Belfast View Guide The Rough Guide to Europe on a Budget View Guide Poitou Charentes and the Atlantic coast Rough Guides Snapshot France View Guide Stable prosperous and welcoming Slovenia is a charming and comfortable place to travel with architecturally grand cultured cities and lush pine forested countryside perfect for hiking and biking in summer and skiing in winter The country managed to avoid much of the strife that plagued other nations during the messy disintegration of the Yugoslav Republic and has integrated quickly with Western Europe joining the eurozone at the start of 2007 Administered by German speaking Habsburg overlords until 1918 Slovenes absorbed the culture of their rulers while managing to retain a strong sense of ethnic identity through their Slavic language Read

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