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A tale of three pousadas

A tale of three pousadas

There are no hotels quite like Portugal’s pousadas: restored castles and monasteries that show a very different side of the Mediterranean nation, writes Maeve McLoughlin

Ski watch: Off-piste skiers are warned over avalanches

Ski watch: Off-piste skiers are warned over avalanches

Backcountry or off-piste skiing has become a major growth area in the ski industry. More and more skiers want to venture off-piste, but often don’t have the knowledge to do so safely.

Get out there!

Get out there!

Home or abroad, there are plenty of ways to get active this spring

Come on in, the water’s freezing

Come on in, the water’s freezing

Forget the tropics, for a real snorkelling adventure head to the Silfra Fissure in Iceland – where crystal clear visibility and glacial waters will leave you breathless. Yvonne Gordon dons a dry suit

Gîte with the programme

Gîte with the programme

Every year, Martha Kearns and her husband discuss holidaying somewhere other than France. And every year, they find they can’t stay away

Gear check

Gear check

If your New Year’s resolutions have already taken a beating, why not start again in February? It is the start of spring, after all!

Get out there

Get out there

Here are three exerting events that should help to blow away the January cobwebs from your lazing limbs, once and for all

Getting to grips with aikido

Getting to grips with aikido

Mastering this Japanese martial art of deflection requires years of training, discipline and – at the beginning – a propensity for being repeatedly hurled to the ground, writes Jasper Winn

Ireland’s garden of Eden

Ireland’s garden of Eden

Situated on the Cooley peninsula, between the lough and Slieve Foy, the picturesque town of Carlingford offers adventure activities, scenic walks and centuries of heritage to explore, writes

Oregon: the state that has it all

Oregon: the state that has it all

The lesser-known state of Oregon is a revelation to Mary Kate O Flanagan, who finds stunning scenery, a thriving art scene and a social cohesion not always visible in other parts of the US

Face up to a top treat - Guilty pleasures

Face up to a top treat - Guilty pleasures

Snow report

Snow report

This week, our resident ski expert, Catherine Murphy, recommends resorts that offer some much-coveted pre-season snow

Get out there!

Get out there!

From short trots to epic runs to spectacular climbs, there’s an event out there with your name on it. Here are three to choose from

First the pool, then the cruel sea

First the pool, then the cruel sea

This year, Ricky Harris, a self-described ‘flounderer’, resolved to put open water between him and his fear of drowning within sight of the shoreline – the hard way

Gearcheck

Gearcheck

Winter chills and rain have finally arrived, which is a great excuse for picking up some spanking new gear