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The cheeky gnomes taking over Wrocław

Wrocław is Poland at its most charming and, for many, its least pronounceable (it’s ‘vrohtz-wahv’). Situated sublimely on the banks of the Odra river, the ‘Polish Venice’ boasts 130 bridges connecting 12 islands, one of Europe’s most breath-taking market squares, and a parade of pastel-coloured Renaissance mansions flanked by gas streetlamps that are still lit by hand each night. But hidden beneath the city’s Gothic spires and Baroque palaces, there’s a tiny world waiting to be discovered: a legion of little people, each no more than a foot...

The amazing student trip to Spain: what are the main tips to make it perfect?

You don’t really travel to Spain; you experience Spain. Among all trips for students abroad, Spain is definitely a country you don’t want to miss. Here’s the thing about the whole Iberian Peninsula thing: it was part of the Roman Empire, was controlled by Moors (Muslims) at one point, and is also definitely a part of modern Europe. All of this cultural heritage you will find in Spain – the sights, the sounds, the smells, the tastes, and more. Add to that the fact that temperatures are pretty great (summers can be a bit hot), and you can actually go there any time of the year. So how...

Living in the world’s most adventurous countries

Whether it’s tasting the world’s most exotic foods or trekking the most dangerous roads, adventure takes a different form for every person. But regularly stepping outside your comfort zone is easier in some places than others.  Adventure takes a different form for every person U.S. News & World Report recently ranked the best countries for adventure, based on each country’s score across five attributes: ‘fun’, ‘friendliness’, ‘climate’, ‘scenery’, and ‘sexy’ – a term that the report characterised...

Visiting the Big Apple? These are the top four things you must do

Booked your vacation in the Big Apple? It’s a smart choice. New York is, after all, one of the top five most popular tourist destinations in the world. But, with so much to do, it can be hard to know where to start. You’ll need to plan your trip in advance and make a list of priorities that you don’t want to miss. That way, you’ll make the most of your visit. So, what goes on the priority list? Here are four to consider… Relax in Central Park New York is a busy city. From the bright lights and big crowds of Times Square through to the constant gridlock on the roads, you can’t...

Why Norway is teaching travellers to travel

We reached Trolltunga after seven hours, 13.5km and 1,000m of elevation gain. The fog rolled in as a line of 35 people waited to take their picture on the iconic cliff. Translating to ‘Troll’s Tongue’, Trolltunga juts out of a steep mountainside 700m above Lake Ringedalsvatnet near Odda in south-eastern Norway. Formed 10,000 years ago during the Ice Age when a glacier frozen to the mountain broke off, it has in recent years become one of Norway’s most famous geological sites – and one of its most controversial. Deciding we’d wait until the next morning to...

Europe’s only ‘free’ city

BBC’s Travel Show brings you the latest insider travel news, a wealth of destinations, amazing experiences and features and practical hints, tips and advice for your holidays. Join over three million BBC Travel fans by liking us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram. If you liked this story, sign up for the weekly bbc.com features newsletter called “If You Only Read 6 Things This Week”. A handpicked selection of stories from BBC Future, Earth, Culture, Capital and Travel, delivered to your inbox every...

Places to Visit During the Fall Season

Out of all the seasons, autumn seems to conjure up the most positive connotations by many people. From pumpkin spicing everything and apple picking to hot cocoa and spiced rum, there’s just something about this season that just makes us happy. If you’re one of those people who live in a city sans seasons (We’re talking to you, San Diego!), you might have to go somewhere else to get your taste of autumn. Even if you don’t, though, this can be an ideal time of year to travel. Read on for more thoughts on places to visit during the fall season. Whether it’s a weekend getaway or more...

Beach Retreats near Mumbai

Mumbai is about much more than the ubiquitous Bollywood stereotypes. It is the capital of Maharashtra, a state which boasts of 720 km long shoreline along the mesmerizing Arabian Sea. This makes the maximum city a great destination for beach lovers as well. While the city of Mumbai has a few of its own beaches within city limits, the clean and pristine beaches outside the city are the ones which are highly recommended. The presence of many historical forts and age-old monuments make them interesting places to visit. Many sightseeing tours are organized by private agencies, but you can simply...

The ancient condiment that came back from the dead

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The tiny island the British traded for Manhattan

We sailed out of the Arafura Sea, through the Timor Sea and into the Savu Sea. Soon we’d be in the Flores Sea and then the Banda Sea – home of the Banda, or Spice Islands, a cluster of 11 lush islands in eastern Indonesia. In the early days of sail exploration, these seas were known by Arabic traders as the Seven Seas, those enchanting waters on the other side of the world where spice was in the wind. To sail them meant you had sailed as far from staid, grey Europe as you could. According to the old sea charts, you’d reached the mystical ‘land of dragons’. We...

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