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18 free things to do in Barcelona

Trent Holden Lonely Planet author

Las Ramblas taken from the Columbus Monument by Nigel's Europe. CC BY-SA 2.0.

Barcelona has enough to keep the most voracious of culture vultures and self-indulgent of gourmands happy for weeks, but all those entry fees and tapas bills can mount up. Fortunately, help is at hand with a variety of ways to make your holiday budget stretch a little further. In addition to the free activities and sights […]

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Best places to travel in October 2016

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet author

Peru, woman taking pictures of Machu Picchu citadel and Huayna Picchu mountain with a tablet

October is an opportune time to travel: fewer crowds and moderate temperatures make for perfect conditions in many regions around the globe. Throw in a multitude of weird and wonderful festivals, bizarre sporting events and an alpaca or two and you have yourself a true adventure. Our destination experts are here to help you choose your October […]

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Autumnal adventures: What to do in Ireland in the fall

Catherine Le Nevez Lonely Planet author

Trek through colourful fall foliage in Northern Ireland's majestic Tollymore Forest Park

Lonely Planet has produced this article for Tourism Ireland. All editorial views are those of Lonely Planet alone and reflect our policy of editorial independence and impartiality. The Emerald Isle’s forests, parks and undulating countryside turn a kaleidoscope of gold, ruby and topaz hues come fall. Autumn is one of the most atmospheric seasons to […]

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Finding the Caribbean rhythm: a musical guide to the Dominican Republic

Bailey Johnson Lonely Planet author

A group practices the guitar outside the Convento de los Dominicos in Santo Domingo © Jane Sweeny / Getty Images

In the Dominican Republic, the air pulses with energetic beats, tunes blasting from open car windows and drifting into the streets from neighborhood bars. Even public plazas serve as convenient dance floors: people glide across the pavement as buskers play slow, romantic melodies or local radios bump with the newest hits. The birthplace of merengue and bachata and an active champion of […]

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Croatia without the crowds: 9 reasons to visit Northern Dalmatia

Paula Hardy Lonely Planet author

Cooling off in one of Krka National Park's many waterfalls

With current hotspot Dubrovnik and the fashionable islands of Hvar and Korčula, southern Dalmatia is receiving an influx of tourists of late. But northern Dalmatia, which boasts the same beautiful beaches, rich cultural heritage and spectacular national parks, has yet to experience the same level of popularity. Follow the path less trodden to this stunning part of Croatia’s coastline and you’ll find […]

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Croatia’s best music festivals

Anna Tyler Lonely Planet author

Dancing in the sun at Hideout

Croatia’s music festival scene is flourishing, with exciting new events popping up each summer. Local and international organisers make the most of the incredible Adriatic coast and a stunning setting is pretty much guaranteed, with idyllic beaches, islands, lakes and meadows hosting crowds of delighted festival goers. There are plenty of unforgettable experiences to be had, […]

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Top 10 things to do in San Juan

Kimberley-Marie Sklinar Lonely Planet author

Rainbow-colored balconies of Old San Juan Kimberley-Marie Sklinar

A diverse and sprawling metropolis, the Puerto Rican capital of San Juan seamlessly weaves together the historic and the modern; rainbow-colored colonial buildings, smart boutiques, military forts, art districts, world-class cuisine: you’ll find it all here. There’s much more to this Caribbean port city than a cruise ship day trip, so take some time to explore this unique culture-rich gem. Discover Old San […]

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Best places to travel in May 2016

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet author


Choose to travel in May and you’re in for a treat – especially if you’re keen to explore new cultures and ancient cities. Fancy losing yourself in the souks and sounds of Fez during a world music festival? How about a Nordic knees-up on Bergen’s waterfront? From rural Serbia to the Silk Road, our travel […]

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  • 21 December 2015
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Rock, blues and all that jazz: sounds of the South

Nick Hewitt Lonely Planet author

NEW ORLEANS, LA - MAY 03: Terence Blanchard performs in the WWOZ Jazz Tent at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on May 3, 2015 in New Orleans, United States (Photo by Edu Hawkins/Redferns via Getty Images)

Elvis. Otis Redding. Louis Armstrong. The southern states of America have a rich musical history and a knack for churning out unforgettable artists. Now embodied by the likes of Jack White, the Black Keys and the Kings of Leon, the region’s music scene continues to fill southern streets – and beyond – with soulful beats. […]

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Nashville’s greatest hits: best things to do in Music City

Alexander Howard Lonely Planet author

Classic guitars on a wall. Image by Alexander Howard / Lonely Planet

There’s a buzz in Nashville. Achieving a perfect harmony of howdy ma’am Southern character and a hip, urban flair, Nashville exudes a personality all its own. From soaking up the nightlife on Broadway to browsing the goods of Music City’s finest artists and craftspeople, Nashville is thriving with creative energy, all the while retaining that special […]

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