From cities at twilight to the Grachtenfestival
Saturday 15 June 2013
To get more bang for your festival buck this summer, try the Open'er in Poland. Taking place from 3-6 July in the Baltic city of Gdynia, it has a stellar line-up including Blur, Modest Mouse, Nick Cave, Kings of Leon and the Arctic Monkeys. A four-day festival ticket costs just 470 Polish zloty (£93) or 550 zloty (£109) with a week's camping pass (opener.pl).
Window on LHR
Heathrow's control tower is hub for four live shows on BBC2. Dallas Campbell, Anita Rani and Dan Snow host Airport Live from 8pm on Monday (bit.ly/AirportLive).
The Grachtenfestival sees Amsterdam celebrate 400 years since the city's canal system was built. Its 10 days of music, food and merriment run from 16-25 August (free; grachtenfestival.nl).
White Isle whispers
News from Ibiza this season includes a new Nikki Beach Club in Santa Eulalia from 4 July (nikkibeach.com/ibiza); a sleek new hotel, the Ushuaïa Tower, joining the Ushuaïa Club and Beach Hotel in Playa d'en Bossa (ushuaia beachhotel.com); and Pacha opening the exclusive Destino retreat in Cap Martinent (destinoibiza.com).
The lowest single fare, in pounds sterling, on Ryanair's new route from Stansted to Comiso, Sicily. From 18 September, the airline will start a twice-weekly winter service to the southern city (ryanair.com).
Cities after dark
Luxury book publisher Assouline's The Light Of series examines metropolises at twilight. The hardback books capture cities such as London, New York, and now Paris, at dusk and dawn, with dramatic photographs of deserted streets. £38 each or £150 for a set of three (assouline.com).
VJV's range of new tours includes the nine-night "Wild Borneo" adventure through Sarawak and Sabah; from £1,845pp with flights (vjv.com).
Hlemmur Square opens in Iceland's colourful capital on Friday with mixed hostel and hotel accommodation, playful communal spaces and live music. The hotelier behind it is Klaus Ortlieb, responsible for The Gotham in Manhattan (hlemmursquare.com).
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