Travel Agenda: Vamos Cuba; The Attwater; Salt; Rota Vicentina; Quentin Blake; Neilson
Where to go and what to know
Saturday 26 May 2012
Learn to salsa, speak Spanish or take perfect pictures of classic American cars in Havana with a new tour operator, Vamos Cuba. The trips on offer combine stays in casas particulares with lessons, city tours and evening excursions. Shorter add-on tours (dinner and drinks in Havana, classic-car tours) are also offered. Prices start at £545 for an 11-night learn-Spanish trip, excluding flights (vamoscuba.co.uk).
Rhode Island in New England is the location of Wes Anderson's latest film, Moonrise Kingdom, which opened in cinemas yesterday. It is also the location of The Attwater, a stylish hotel that reopens on Friday after a major refurbishment. Expect colourful, geometric prints and rooms with Apple TV, iPod docking stations and Wi-Fi (theattwater.com).
Stock up on swimwear, sunglasses, kaftans and wraps for your next beach holiday at the new luxury resort-wear store Salt on Walton Street in south-west London. The boutique will launch a tandem e-commerce site soon, stocking brands from Roksanda Ilincic to Farah Khan and Matthew Williamson (saltresortwear.com).
The length, in kilometres, of the Rota Vicentina in Portugal. The newly completed pair of paths meanders down the country's south-west coast, from Santiago do Cacem in Alentejo, to the Cape of St Vincent in the Algarve. Follow the fishermen's trail along the wild and windswept coastline by foot, or mountain bike through cork forests, valleys and mountain ranges and through towns and villages along the historical route. Charming, rustic accommodation is available en route (rotavicentina.com/en).
In North Devon, one of the nation's best-loved illustrators is being feted with a new exhibition which opens at the RHS Rosemoor gardens today. The work of Quentin Blake – best known for his collaborations with the author Roald Dahl in children's books such as Matilda, pictured – will be on show until 27 August, providing yet another reason to visit the bucolic grounds near Torrington this summer. The exhibition is included in the normal admission charge of £7.50 for adults, £3.75 for children. Open daily 11am to 4pm (rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor).
Airports in Italy tend to handle their runway works differently from most countries: they close. Turin is next in line, shutting on 7, 8 and 9 July. Ryanair, which flies daily from Stansted, is switching flights to Cuneo airport, 40 miles away, with a free coach transfer to and from Turin (ryanair.com).
Active tour operator Neilson promises all its Beachclub resorts in Greece and Turkey will have "Viewing areas with full television coverage of Olympic events" during the 2012 Games. The firm is also organising sailing regattas, windsurfing challenges and bike races. A family of four departing 28 July for a week in Teos (pictured) will pay £5,036.(neilson.co.uk).
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