Special Feature

Welcome to our Special Features category of travel posts. This is where you’ll find our more in depth reports on various aspects of urban travel (and the occasional day trip or getaway!). This category is often twinned with our “experience”, “trend” and (coming soon) “escape” categories.

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After exploring the charms of Santiago de Compostela, Ben Holbrook takes a tour of the region’s palatial Pazos, indulging in a bit of wine tasting whenever the occasion allows… join him in this unique corner of Spain. “I am going to show you one of the most beautiful cities in…

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A land of seaside villages, surf cities, spectacular windswept beaches and serious ciderhouses, Ben Holbrook explores the best things to do and places to visit in Spain’s ‘Natural Paradise’. “In Asturias we really know how to eat,” chuckled Ernesto as he poured me another glass of red wine. We’d only…

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Ben Holbrook winds a wine-addled course through Cantabria, calling in at many a sumptuous palace, rustic vineyard, cobbled town and other places of interest en route. Join him as he hears the locals’ stories… Situated on the Bay of Biscay and nuzzled between the regions of Castile and León, Asturias,…

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Just two hours from Muscat, and six hours drive from Dubai (border crossing permitting) lies the breathtaking Wadi Nakhar Canyon. Emma Mehrabanpour checks out Oman’s answer to Arizona’s finest…. The sun was setting fast, splashing orange and red all over the sky as it hurtled towards the horizon. As our…

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Our Spain travel expert, Ben Holbrook, takes a bimble through North Spain’s enigmatic Basque Country and reports back on some of the region’s very best places to visit… usually with a wine glass in hand. Check his itinerary below. Straddling the border between Spain and France, northern Spain’s Basque Country boasts…