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The glorious riverside at Coimbra, with the university on the hill behind

Coimbra's a cut above

Destination: Bussaco

It may be way off the usual tourist trail but that's all the more reason to love Portugal’s ancient capital of Coimbra and its beautiful surrounding countryside

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Vourvourou (© sargasso-travelimages.com)

Close to heaven in Halkidiki

Destination: Sithonia

The Sithonia peninsula, in the Halkidiki region of Greece, has blue lagoons, secret beaches, tiny offshore islands – and a forbidden Holy Mountain

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Interior terrace, traditional village house

Ladakh: life on the roof of the world

Destination: Ladakh

Known as Little Tibet, Ladakh is a bastion of Buddhist calm, located on the old Silk Route and home to remote villages that are just beginning to welcome tourists

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