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Biarritz

Biarritz

They all used to come here, from Napoleon III to Frank Sinatra – Biarritz used to be the Monte Carlo of the Atlantic coast but with the time, the glamour faded. Thanks to windsurfing and other water sports, however, the city has rejuvenated. It now is the perfect destination for a relaxing weekend break, completed by some of the best food around. And there is no need to rush: the city is fairly small and you can easily see everything around, even during a short visit. One thing worth to set aside time for is the morning market in Les Halles: try the city’s own mamia, fresh curd sheep’s milk.
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Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way – Downpatrick Head, Co. Mayo

Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way – Downpatrick Head, Co. Mayo

Lose yourself and connect with nature at Downpatrick Head in Co. Mayo. Legends of St. Patrick, giants and many more mysteries waiting to be discovered. Feel alive as you stroll or climb some of the highest cliff walks in Europe
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Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way – Keem Strand, Co. Mayo

Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way – Keem Strand, Co. Mayo

Achill - also referred to as 'the end of the world' - where you can experience the wild mountains, valleys and hills of Co. Mayo.
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Bristol

Bristol

Welcome to Bristol! The unofficial Capital of the South West has an independent spirit and a great sense of fun. You’ll find lots to make you smile here, from street art tours and music festivals to night markets and boat bars. Then of course there’s the city’s iconic attractions - engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s ss Great Britain and the Clifton Suspension Bridge – and world-famous events – the International Balloon Fiesta and Bristol Harbour Festival. Oh, and have you met Pirate Pete?
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Astypalaia

Astypalaia

Few Greek islands boast an immaculacy comparable to that of Astypalaia - a butterfly-shaped cloistral haven rising from the stunning blue of the Aegean Sea. Captured at certain angles, Astypalaia bears a striking semblance to its not-so-distant yet far more glamorised cousin of Santorini. With its pristine beaches, whitewashed houses, and uncharted walking paths, the island is an explorer's heaven, and a find for those looking to escape the madding crowds of summer vacationers.
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Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way – Loop Head, Co. Clare

Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way – Loop Head, Co. Clare

With the Atlantic on one side and the River Shannon on the other, at Loop Head in Co. Clare you can discover a different rugged side to the Wild Atlantic Way.
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Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way – Dursey Island, Co. Cork

Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way – Dursey Island, Co. Cork

Discover Dursey, Co. Cork by travelling across on the cablecar, the lifeblood of the island.
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Aruba

Aruba

Sun-drenched beaches sit next to desert wilderness in Aruba, one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean. With warm and sunny weather all year round, the island seems frozen in a timeless holiday atmosphere, with turquoise ocean waters washing over Aruba's soft warm sand. Nightlife bursts with Latin music and exotic sounds, and exciting shopping and dining await at every corner. Stronger waves break against the eastern coast, deserted and swept over by wind – exploring it will lead the most adventurous visitors to spectacular vistas.
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Badajoz

Badajoz

A gateway between the two nations of the Iberian peninsula, Badajoz lies as close to Lisbon as it does to Madrid or Seville, and the city draws on influences from both sides of the border, as well as from centuries of tumultuous history, to form its distinctive character. Winding medieval alleys and a skyline dotted with palace towers make the historic town a sight to behold, while the remnants of the majestic Alcazaba watch over the city as they have for centuries, once an impenetrable fortress that protected the area from countless invasions.
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Mariehamn - Åland

Mariehamn - Åland

6 500 islands in the middle of the Baltic Sea. A unique destination, an island string of pearls stretching between the big cities, an archipelago between Stockholm and Turku, within easy reach from Helsinki and Tallinn. On the Åland Islands, the sea is never far away. They boast 17,000 km of shoreline, a pleasant maritime climate and the highest number of sunshine hours in Scandinavia. Experience the charm of this island country, the red granite cliffs, nature and tranquillity.
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