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Zante is renowned for raucous nightlife, but there’s a far more authentic side to the Venetians ‘Fiore di Levante’ (flower of the Levante). For such a small island, scenery is extremely varied: the southern coastline – home to Laganas’ notorious nightlife strip – also encompasses the pristine beaches of Zakynthos Marine Park, where loggerhead sea turtle come to
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Little Bruges, the perfect pocket-sized medieval city, was a Sleeping Beauty. Laced with canals, it was one of the great North European trading ports in late medieval times. The magnificently detailed paintings of its artists, such as Jan van Eyck and Hans Memling, record its wealth in clothing, jewellery and ornament. Then it fell rapidly
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Ever heard of Jasná (pronounced Yaznah)? Most people haven’t, but as Slovakia’s biggest ski resort, it’s well worth considering by intermediates – and off-piste aficionados, if snow conditions are good. It’s very convenient for short breaks if Luton airport is an option. Low-cost airline Wizz Air has two flights a week between Luton and Poprad-Tatry
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La Rosière’s accommodation is much more upmarket than it once was, and includes three four-star hotels as well as a good range of smart apartments and catered chalets. The village is in two parts, Centre and Les Eucherts, and much of the more modern accommodation is in the Les Eucherts area. All the recommendations below
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What can be slightly confusing to first-time visitors to Banff, which is located in the province of Alberta in Canada, is that there are no slopes in Banff itself. The name refers to both the lively small town where most people stay, and to Banff National Park, in which there are three separate ski areas
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Banff became established as a town in the 1880s, when the railway came to the area. Tourism began here after the railway workers discovered natural hot springs nearby, and a few years later Swiss mountain guides brought in to help with the railway introduced skiing to the mountains. Since it is a gateway for exploring
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The gorgeous little, traffic-free village of Saas-Fee looks a bit like a small Zermatt with its dark wooden chalets, and it is surrounded by magnificent glaciers and mountain peaks, including the Dom – the highest mountain located entirely within Switzerland.  Saas-Fee’s ski area is one of the highest in the Alps, popular for summer skiing
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Most of the accommodation in Saas-Fee is in hotels, including some smart options to suit guests with deep pockets. However, families and visitors on modest budgets can find apartments and catered chalets in the resort’s traffic-free centre and within easy reach of the lifts. For further Saas-Fee inspiration, see our guides to the resort’s best
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Most of Sölden’s accommodation is in comfortable hotels, which are predominantly four-star. At the less expensive end of the scale there are also traditional Austrian pensions and some apartments to rent. The two access gondolas, Giggijoch and Gaislachkogl, are at opposite ends of the village, leading to opposite sides of the ski area, but there
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Sitting on a sunny shelf, Wengen shares a ski area with Grindelwald, and most of the slopes are above its neighbour, under the towering north face of the Eiger. Until the early 20th century, Wengen was an Alpine farming community, and had been for centuries. Then intrepid British visitors started skiing here and persuaded the locals to keep
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Wengen is a charming village set on a shelf overlooking the Lauterbrunnen valley. For a resort that is so famous for the annual Lauberhorn World Cup downhill race, which takes place every January, it is remarkably small. The focus is a short main street lined by shops and several large Victorian-style hotels.  There are surprisingly
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The majority of visitors to Wengen stay in hotels, mostly three- and four-star and varying a lot in character. The main street is by far the most convenient place to stay – some accommodation, including most of the rental apartments, is up or down steep hills from the centre and the lifts. If splendid isolation
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In recent years, older buildings in La Croisette, the original resort centre, have been revamped and reclad, while the modern largely ski-in/ski-out satellites of Reberty and Le Bruyères have wisely been constructed in a much more sympathetic chalet style. The majority of accommodation here is in self-catering apartments and catered chalets. However, the four-star Ours
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As well as being a ski resort, Morzine is a proper little Alpine town that has a year-round life stretching far beyond having fun on the mountains that surround it. That said, winter sports enthusiasts from France and other countries – Britain in particular – have been coming here since Edwardian times. They spent their
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After it was founded in 1964, for the first 40 years of its existence, Les Menuires was always dubbed the ugly duckling of European ski resorts. Now celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2023/24, and while never a swan, it has matured into a pretty presentable drake. What is more, it’s become a mainstream player as
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Mayrhofen has the chameleon quality that is the forte of so many Austrian resorts – it will be whatever visitors want it to be, and very successfully too. It can rock, it can rap, it can be the king of cool where even the gnarliest of snowboarders are happy to hang out and rub shoulders with skiers.
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Davos is a town of two parts; the majority of accommodation is in Davos Platz, while the slopes are more conveniently accessed from Davos Dorf. However, there’s an efficient ski bus between the two.  Most of the accommodation in Davos is four- and five-star hotels, which are typically solid and largely uninspiring. In autumn 2022,
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When deciding on accommodation in Mayrhofen, the centre of the resort near the Penken gondola is handy for most of the liveliest bars – although this can be a noisy choice. Away from the resort’s central hub, in the quieter streets, there’s still a great choice of hotels though the trade off is often being
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Traditional foot-stomping après-ski might be falling out of favour for some, but for the majority of skiers and snowboarders hitting the slopes is only part of the joy of going on a ski holiday. Getting the most conducive après-ski scene is often almost as important as finding the right slopes. While spas, ice skating, ziplining
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