Harriet O'Brien

Harriet O’Brien is a travel writer and award-winning author. Her first book Forgotten Land, a rediscovery of Burma was published just before she joined The Independent, her second Queen Emma and Vikings, a few years after she left. She was on staff at The Independent during the 1990s and subsequently worked in Canada and then as managing editor at Conde Nast Traveller before going freelance in order to travel more. She mainly covers the UK, Europe and Asia, where she grew up.

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Resting on the road from Alvados to Batalha

Bespoke emotion on an e-bike exploration in Portugal

In the mood for a gently active break, Harriet O'Brien sets off from an intriguingly named hotel to explore Estremadura's monasteries, orchards and surf spots
Revamp: Mellow colours bring calm to the rooms

Room Service: Merchants Manor, Falmouth

Sample added fizz at the old Screw Top
Golden opportunity: one of Albufeira's popular beaches

Traveller's Guide: The Algarve

This southern sliver of Portugal draws crowds to its beaches and golf courses, but there's plenty more to see, says Harriet O'Brien
Rum coves: the harbour quay at Fowey

Cornwall: Smugglers' country

As the TV adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's 'Jamaica Inn' hits our screens, Harriet O'Brien visits the places which inspired the classic tale

Elegant streets in Gozo

Malta: Season's greetings - why now is the perfect time to visit the marvel of the Med

Did Malta invent the rock loud speaker? Blue skies, wildflowers, ancient temples and a world first for acoustic archaeology ... Harriet O’Brien discovers it all goes with the territory on these islands

A green and pleasant land: India

Sikkim: Welcome to India's 'hidden paradise'

The Himalayan state is a pocket of lush hills, waterfalls and peaks, but its serenity is under threat. Harriet O'Brien meets a local hero who's trying to save it

Glove story: The Woodstock suite

B&B and Beyond: The Glove House, Woodstock

A 19th-century glove workshop has been given a sleek makeover by a local and her husband, says Harriet O'Brien

Short straw: baby pandas at Chengdu's breeding centre

Trail of the Unexpected: Gentle giants of Chengdu

Pandas and a soaring Buddha statue greet Harriet O'Brien on a visit to this Sichuan city

Wide screen: a Bollywood mural in Mumbai

100 years of Bollywood: Movie magic in Mumbai

India's film industry is booming, says Harriet O'Brien as she goes on a studio tour

Water world: The Yangtze cuts through the Qutang Gorge

The Yangtze: River of mists and sunken cities

A three-day cruise brings Harriet O'Brien face to face with China – ancient and modern

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