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The 50 best sights and attractions in NYC Version 2 (Test)

From historical landmarks to newer destinations, here are the best sights to visit in NYC for tourists and locals alike

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The current crisis has had a devastating effect on the performing arts. Broadway has shut down, and the ban on gatherings in New York extends to all other performance spaces as well. So the show must go online—and, luckily, streaming video makes that possible. Here are some of the best theater, opera, dance and cabaret performances you can watch today without leaving home, many of which will help you support the artists involved.

Events that go live today are at the top of the list; be sure to scroll down past the daily listings to find major events that you can still stream for a limited time and, below that, a bonus section of videos that have no expiration date. We update this page every day, so please feel free to bookmark it and check back. (Refresh the bookmark every week or so for optimal use.) 

Puffs, Or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic

5 out of 5 stars


Noon EDT / 5pm BST (available through May 31)
Matt Cox’s not-officially-a-Harry-Potter-comedy Harry Potter comedy Puffs takes an affectionate look at the underachieving but good-hearted denizens of the catch-all house in J.K. Rowling’s world of wizardry. As in the books, things start off cutely but get increasingly darker, with a good amount of heart woven in with the spoofing. If you missed the show in its four-year run in New York, which ended last year, you can catch up with it now: Starting today, Playbill’s Playback series is streaming the show in its entirety, in a performance that was filmed in 2018. (Starting at 8pm tomorrow night, members of the cast will live-tweet the show as part of a virtual watch party, with the hashtag #PlaybillPlayback.) Tickets cost $8.99, part of which benefits the local charity Frontline Foods

Puffs | Photograph: Hunter Canning

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ABC Kitchen

5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Contemporary American Union Square

While plenty of New York restaurants have lately made the environment a priority—sourcing their ingredients locally and crafting dining rooms from salvaged materials—none have done so with quite as much visual and gastronomic panache as chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s ABC Kitchen. Everything, including the antique armoires, reclaimed-wood tables, porcelain plates and chandeliers entwined with flowering vines is gathered from area artisans. Though the restaurant’s sustainable ethos is outlined on the back of the menu like an Al Gore polemic, the cooking, based on the most gorgeous ingredients from up and down the East Coast, delivers one message above all: Food that’s good for the planet needn’t be any less opulent, flavorful or stunning to look at. It’s haute green cuisine. In step with fashion, the menu is a sprawling collection of small and large shareable plates—but unlike so many, it features reasonable pricing and dishes that all seem to work well together. After passing around pastas, salads, maybe a bowl of fried calamari—beautifully encrusted with crushed Martin’s Pretzels, lending an extra-crispy saline crunch—you might covet an entree all for yourself. A supremely buttery arctic char fillet, featuring skin that’s as crisp as a kettle-fried chip and nutty florets of roasted Romanesco, is certainly worth hoarding. As is a flattened golden roasted half chicken, its juicy flesh bathed in a vinegary glaze with wilted escarole and heady, butter-sopped potato puree. Wh

Eataly

Shopping Grocery stores Flatiron

This massive food and drink complex from Oscar Farinetti is the largest Italian market in the world. The New York flagship takes inspiration from the first Eataly location, which opened in Torino, Italy, in 2007. The Eataly NYC Flatiron location sprawls 48,000-square-feet and is a maze of awe-inspiring aisle after aisle filled with hard-to-find, high-quality Italian produce and products, fresh counters, cafés and restaurants. It's a chance for New Yorkers to educate their tastebuds on the nuances of Italy's 20 regions.

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The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking

4 out of 5 stars
Theater Interactive New World Stages, Hell's Kitchen
Open run

[Note: The review below is for a 2014 version of this show, which was then titled The Imbible. A revised version now plays at New World Stages. A different, brunch-theater edition, titled Day Drinking, plays on weekend matinees.] Remember Bill Nye the Science Guy? Great! Now imagine him as a bartender who is deeply interested in the history of ethanol alcohol, really likes wigs and costumes, and just joined a coed barbershop quartet. That description of Anthony Caporale’s The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking may sound far-out, but the show is both educational and entertaining. (It's also a fine showcase for a cappella classics arranged by Josh Ehrlich and performed by a gifted ensemble that includes the show's director, soprano Nicole DiMattei.) Mixing whimsy and information, Caporale makes the story of our relationship with alcohol remarkably compelling. And the show's lessons—on subjects like the drinks served at Prohibition-era speakeasies, the origin of the gin and tonic, and the difference between a cocktail and a mixed drink—can be washed down with complimentary, thematically appropriate beverages. As Caporale says, “Trust me, I get funnier with every sip.” That makes the show a must-see for anyone who enjoys free booze, which is probably nearly everyone.—Amelia Bienstock  

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The Book of Mormon
Photograph: Joan Marcus

The Book of Mormon

5 out of 5 stars
Theater Musicals Eugene O'Neill Theatre, Midtown West
Open run

If theater is your religion and the Broadway musical your sect, you've been woefully faith-challenged of late. Venturesome, boundary-pushing works such as Spring Awakening, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Next to Normal closed too soon. American Idiot was shamefully ignored at the Tonys and will be gone in three weeks. Meanwhile, that airborne infection Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark dominates headlines and rakes in millions, without even opening. Celebrities and corporate brands sell poor material, innovation gets shown the door, and crap floats to the top. It's enough to turn you heretic, to sing along with The Book of Mormon's Ugandan villagers: "Fuck you God in the ass, mouth and cunt-a, fuck you in the eye." Such deeply penetrating lyrics offer a smidgen of the manifold scato-theological joys to be had at this viciously hilarious treat crafted by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, of South Park fame, and composer-lyricist Robert Lopez, who cowrote Avenue Q. As you laugh your head off at perky Latter-day Saints tap-dancing while fiercely repressing gay tendencies deep in the African bush, you will be transported back ten years, when The Producers and Urinetown resurrected American musical comedy, imbuing time-tested conventions with metatheatrical irreverence and a healthy dose of bad-taste humor. Brimming with cheerful obscenity, sharp satire and catchy tunes, The Book of Mormon is a sick mystic revelation, the most exuberantly entertaining Broadway musical in years. The high

Hamilton

5 out of 5 stars
Theater Musicals
Open run

Hamilton: Theater review by David Cote What is left to say? After Founding Father Alexander Hamilton’s prodigious quill scratched out 12 volumes of nation-building fiscal and military policy; after Lin-Manuel Miranda turned that titanic achievement (via Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography) into the greatest American musical in decades; after every critic in town (including me) praised the Public Theater world premiere to high heaven; and after seeing this language-drunk, rhyme-crazy dynamo a second time, I can only marvel: We've used up all the damn words. Wait, here are three stragglers, straight from the heart: I love Hamilton. I love it like I love New York, or Broadway when it gets it right. And this is so right. A sublime conjunction of radio-ready hip-hop (as well as R&B, Britpop and trad showstoppers), under-dramatized American history and Miranda’s uniquely personal focus as a first-generation Puerto Rican and inexhaustible wordsmith, Hamilton hits multilevel culture buttons, hard. No wonder the show was anointed a sensation before even opening. Assuming you don’t know the basics, ­Hamilton is a (mostly) rapped-through biomusical about an orphan immigrant from the Caribbean who came to New York, served as secretary to General Washington, fought against the redcoats, authored most of the Federalist Papers defending the Constitution, founded the Treasury and the New York Post and even made time for an extramarital affair that he damage-controlled in a scandal-stanching pamp

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Joel Kim Booster
Photograph: Courtesy Joel Kim Booster

Joel Kim Booster on dating fans and his new comedy album Model Minority

Comedy Stand-up

When it comes to hustling, nobody does it like Joel Kim Booster. You can often see the sharp and shady stand-up—who just released a Comedy Central special and the album Model Minority—at multiple venues every night, making merciless observations on race, politics and the secrets of his sex life. We asked the very funny New Yorker to share the gritty details of life from gig to gig—including his favorite fast food restaurants between sets and what it’s like meeting fans on the road. Workload If I'm in New York I average out at about two shows per night. This is including nights where I'll only have one and nights when I try to cram in three to four. Those nights are usually a mess and end with nearly everyone being mad at me for screwing with the timing of the show. There are some moments in my career when I'm not working on a ton of material and let myself relax a little bit. With the album and the special dropping back to back like they did, I'm currently panic-writing new material, so I'm grabbing at all the stage time I can get. Transportation It all depends on how much time I have to get to my next show, and where the show is at. This city is complicated, because taking a cab is not always the quickest option. Especially if I'm schlepping from Brooklyn to Manhattan, which happens frequently. Not to be a bitch, but I'm lucky to be at a place in my career where I can afford to take a Lyft if I have the time and I don't want to deal with the train. Sometimes I just like t

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2013
Photograph: Filip Wolak

58 wonderful things opening in New York City this December

News City Life

COOL THINGS TO DO Dec 1Winter's Eve Holiday Festival; Lincoln Square; freeYes, NYC winter weather is brutal. That's why you should warm your heart at this annual holiday fest where there's be stilt walkers, live music, dancing, food and darling elves. Okay, no elves, but we wish there would be.  Metamorphosis Lighting; Brookfield Place; freeWe like lights. A lot. And this 10-story installation created by artist and veteran theater designer Anne Militello will definitely not disappoint.  Dec 7Bill Nye "The Science Guy": Evolution and the Science of Creation; Buttenweiser Hall♫ Bill, Bill, Bill! ♫ is back, and these days his focus is on raising awareness about evolution with his book Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation. Evolution? Yeah, you know, that real thing that happened, and continues to happen, on Earth that some people still don't believe in.  Dec 19Love Actually, An Interactive Drink Along; Videology; freeIt's that time of year again to start watching Love Actually alone in your apartment with a glass of wine, accompanied by no one but your tears. Or! See the rom-com with others while taking a sip of beer every time Colin Firth curses or Bill Nighy sings. Much more enjoyable. Dec 31New Year's Eve Fireworks; Grand Army PlazaRing in the New Year under the stars at Grand Army Plaza in Park Slope. First you'll hear live music, then the thrilling fireworks begin at 11pm. Boom! AWESOME THINGS TO SEE Dec 5Top Five opens in theatersWritten, directed by and

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

5 out of 5 stars
Movies Science fiction

Not only expert homage for the fans but a first-rate, energized piece of mega-Hollywood adventure, the hugely anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens stirs more to life than just the Force. The rollicking, space-opera spirit of George Lucas’s original trilogy (you can safely forget the second trio of cynical, tricked-up prequels) emanates from every frame of J.J. Abrams's euphoric sequel. It’s also got an infusion of modern-day humor that sometimes steers the movie this close to self-parody—but never sarcastically, nor at the expense of a terrific time. The wheel need not be reinvented: Virtually every plot point and action beat comes from 1977’s Star Wars or 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back (you even get a dormant lightsaber shivering in the snow), yet that’s perfectly fine when the vigor is this electric. Life is still a drag on arid desert planets like Jakku, where scrappy Rey (Daisy Ridley, a strong-jawed find) sells scavenged parts of old battle destroyers. Crash-landing onto her world is Finn (John Boyega), a Stormtrooper shocked out of his violent path serving the evil First Order by an impulse to do the right thing. On the run, they hijack the decrepit Millennium Falcon—“The garbage will do,” says Rey in the first of many exhilarating reveals—and take off toward a radicalizing destiny in the Resistance. Abrams (Star Trek, Super 8), a master mimic unafraid to revive Lucas’s old-school wipes and frame-gobbling spaceships, brings a light touch to the performances: There

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ABC Kitchen

5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Contemporary American Union Square

While plenty of New York restaurants have lately made the environment a priority—sourcing their ingredients locally and crafting dining rooms from salvaged materials—none have done so with quite as much visual and gastronomic panache as chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s ABC Kitchen. Everything, including the antique armoires, reclaimed-wood tables, porcelain plates and chandeliers entwined with flowering vines is gathered from area artisans. Though the restaurant’s sustainable ethos is outlined on the back of the menu like an Al Gore polemic, the cooking, based on the most gorgeous ingredients from up and down the East Coast, delivers one message above all: Food that’s good for the planet needn’t be any less opulent, flavorful or stunning to look at. It’s haute green cuisine.   In step with fashion, the menu is a sprawling collection of small and large shareable plates—but unlike so many, it features reasonable pricing and dishes that all seem to work well together. After passing around pastas, salads, maybe a bowl of fried calamari—beautifully encrusted with crushed Martin’s Pretzels, lending an extra-crispy saline crunch—you might covet an entree all for yourself. A supremely buttery arctic char fillet, featuring skin that’s as crisp as a kettle-fried chip and nutty florets of roasted Romanesco, is certainly worth hoarding. As is a flattened golden roasted half chicken, its juicy flesh bathed in a vinegary glaze with wilted escarole and heady, butter-sopped potato puree.

The Lion King
Photograph: Courtesy Joan Marcus

The Lion King

4 out of 5 stars
Theater Musicals
Open run

Director-designer Julie Taymor takes a reactionary Disney cartoon about the natural right of kings—in which the circle of life is putted against a queeny villain and his jive-talking ghetto pals—and transforms it into a gorgeous celebration of color and movement. The movie’s Elton John–Tim Rice score is expanded with African rhythm and music, and through elegant puppetry, Taymor populates the stage with an amazing menagerie of beasts; her audacious staging expands a simple cub into the pride of Broadway, not merely a fable of heredity but a celebration of heritage. Minskoff Theatre (Broadway). Music by Elton John. Lyrics by Tim Rice. Book by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi. Directed by Julie Taymor. With ensemble cast. Running time: 2hrs 40mins. One intermission.

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Hamilton

5 out of 5 stars
Theater Musicals
Open run

Hamilton: Theater review by David Cote What is left to say? After Founding Father Alexander Hamilton’s prodigious quill scratched out 12 volumes of nation-building fiscal and military policy; after Lin-Manuel Miranda turned that titanic achievement (via Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography) into the greatest American musical in decades; after every critic in town (including me) praised the Public Theater world premiere to high heaven; and after seeing this language-drunk, rhyme-crazy dynamo a second time, I can only marvel: We've used up all the damn words. Wait, here are three stragglers, straight from the heart: I love Hamilton. I love it like I love New York, or Broadway when it gets it right. And this is so right. A sublime conjunction of radio-ready hip-hop (as well as R&B, Britpop and trad showstoppers), under-dramatized American history and Miranda’s uniquely personal focus as a first-generation Puerto Rican and inexhaustible wordsmith, Hamilton hits multilevel culture buttons, hard. No wonder the show was anointed a sensation before even opening. Assuming you don’t know the basics, ­Hamilton is a (mostly) rapped-through biomusical about an orphan immigrant from the Caribbean who came to New York, served as secretary to General Washington, fought against the redcoats, authored most of the Federalist Papers defending the Constitution, founded the Treasury and the New York Post and even made time for an extramarital affair that he damage-controlled in a scandal-stanching pamp

How Weird Street Faire
Photograph: Courtesy How Weird

San Francisco - American English

Things to do

When you live in this city, there’s no excuse for boredom just because it’s a weeknight. Any given week, there are hundreds of things to do in San Francisco, from concerts and comedy shows to art exhibits and food events, and that’s really only scratching the surface. We narrowed down the list to a handful of the best happenings. Now put down that TV remote. Off you go.

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Matt's Stock Island Kitchen & Bar
Photograph: Courtesy Matt's Stock Island Kitchen & Bar/Facebook

Key West - American English

Restaurants

One hundred and fifty miles south of mainland Miami, Key West floats at the end of the road—and is the closest thing to paradise we have in the contiguous United States. This offbeat, come-as-you-are island has long attracted writers, artists and drifters attracted to the freedom and the natural beauty of the island's beaches, top hotels and picturesque streets. From afternoons spent offshore surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico to casual day drinking on legendary Duval Street, Key West has plenty of things to do to bewitch its visitors. Another boon: it’s incredibly easy to get a delicious meal down here, whether you stumble salty, straight off the boat into a fish shack or clean up and throw on a collared shirt and flip flops for a proper meal on a private island. To help you choose, here’s our guide to the best restaurants in Key West.

London - British English

Restaurants

While great Greek restaurants in London can still feel as hidden away as the the army inside a Trojan Horse, things have more than come on since The Real Greek’s Hellenic heyday. North London’s still a hotbed for Greek eateries, catering to settlements of cheerful Cypriot and Greek expatriates hungry for souvlaki, kleftiko and gigantes as good as they taste back home. But a new breed of restaurants doing modern Greek small plates, ace riffs on the classics and fab vegetarian dishes abounds across the city. Look below for our list of the capital’s ultimate Greek restaurants. RECOMMENDED: The best restaurants in London for...

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Nottingham - British English

Restaurants

The city that birthed DH Lawrence, Shane Meadows and Sleaford Mods, Nottingham has a rebellious, kinetic energy. The food scene here is eclectic, with plenty of budget DIY spots and a focus on unpretentiously good, fresh ingredients. There’s Michelin-star material too and we’ve rounded up the best of the bunch. From fat patties to bottle shops to a seven-course tasting menu served up by the A52 flyover – it’s all here. Dig in!

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Chu Chai
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Ani J.

Montreal - Canadian English

Restaurants

Sure, Montreal’s bourgeoning arts and culture scene is as diverse as its people are. But to get the full experience of the city, all you really need are a few dinner reservations. Take it from acclaimed food writer and 16-time James Beard award winner Alan Richman, who once called Montreal the best restaurant city in America. And it’s not hard to see why: on a single street, you could chow down on both David MacMillan’s lobster spaghetti at Joe Beef and, if you’re feeling peckish, bite into English poutine with prime rib roast beef at British watering hole Burgundy Lion. From inventive brunch dishes to celebrity chefs helming both traditional and daring menus and a revamping of all sorts of worldly cuisines and flavors, the best restaurants in Montreal will turn just about any sort of eater into a foodie.

Restaurante, Shiko, Cozinha Japonesa, Shashimi
© João Saramago

Porto - British English

Restaurants Japanese

The best Japanese restaurants in Porto are few in number, but they make a fine set, according to our food critics. Whether you want a steaming bowl of ramen noodles or super-fresh sushi, you’ll find them on our list. As usual, each place was visited anonymously by one of our reviewers, posing as ordinary guests, at least once. With this hard fieldwork done, we’ve selected the best choices.

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Fish and Chips Ilegal
© Marco Duarte

Porto - European Portuguese

Restaurants

Típico da culinária do Reino Unido, este prato à base de peixe frito e batatas fritas está a ganhar adeptos fiéis por cá. E porquê? Por um lado, porque os pratos internacionais têm cada vez mais apreciadores; por outro, porque a comida de rua — barata, intemporal e fácil de comer — está a ganhar o seu lugar de destaque nos restaurantes da cidade. Se devora este prato sempre que vai a Terras de Sua Majestade, não precisa de esperar pela próxima viagem. Nesta lista encontra três sítios para comer fish and chips no Porto. Recomendado:  Os 15 melhores restaurantes do mundo no Porto

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Típico da culinária do Reino Unido, este prato à base de peixe frito e batatas fritas está a ganhar adeptos fiéis por cá. E porquê? Por um lado, porque os pratos internacionais têm cada vez mais apreciadores; por outro, porque a comida de rua — barata, intemporal e fácil de comer — está a ganhar o seu lugar de destaque nos restaurantes da cidade. Se devora este prato sempre que vai a Terras de Sua Majestade, não precisa de esperar pela próxima viagem. Nesta lista encontra três sítios para comer fish and chips no Porto. Recomendado:  Os 15 melhores restaurantes do mundo no Porto

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© Alain Dereymaeker

Paris - British English

Music Classical and opera

Catholic chants under Charlemagne, Gabriel Fauré's 'Requiem' premiered at La Madeleine, Olivier Messiaen playing birdsong on the organ of the Sainte-Trinité... France boasts one of the great classical music traditions in the world, and Paris has witnessed some of its most magical moments. Today, the classical music scene thrives in the form of scores of concerts and venues, running the gamut from sacred choral music in Medieval churches to contemporary performances in cutting-edge media centres. Read on for our guide to the best classical and opera to be found in the city.

Paris - French

Shopping Chocolate and candy

Pâques, Noël, St Valentin... Mais aussi anniv, naissance, mariage... Chaque fois, c'est la même question : où dénicher les meilleurs chocolats parisiens ? Noir, blanc, au lait... Découvrez ci-dessous notre sélection toute subjective de chocolats, à offrir en cadeau ou à dévorer en solo. Testés et approuvés par l'ensemble de la Rédaction lors d'un grand banc d'essai ! Des dizaines d'heures de tasting, et le dévouement d'une équipe très impliquée. C'est beau.

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Pâques, Noël, St Valentin... Mais aussi anniv, naissance, mariage... Chaque fois, c'est la même question : où dénicher les meilleurs chocolats parisiens ? Noir, blanc, au lait... Découvrez ci-dessous notre sélection toute subjective de chocolats, à offrir en cadeau ou à dévorer en solo. Testés et approuvés par l'ensemble de la Rédaction lors d'un grand banc d'essai ! Des dizaines d'heures de tasting, et le dévouement d'une équipe très impliquée. C'est beau.

JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa
Photograph: Courtesy Booking.com

Cancún - American English

Hotels

In Cancún, everyone wants to be by the sea. Never mind that hotel prices in central Cancún are a fraction of what they are on the coastal hotel strips, the powdery beaches backed by glamorous all-inclusives are Cancún’s main asset, and it’s hard to come to one of the largest resorts in all the Americas and not want a view of, or at least immediate access, to, that gorgeous crystalline Caribbean Sea outside your window. There are two main zones, the Zona Hotelera on a long sandy isthmus south-east of central Cancún, with every shape and size of resort and most of the nightlife, and the slightly quieter, more refined Playa Mujeres area to the northeast. And a world apart, the high-end Isla Mujeres are a boat ride away from the latter. As you’d expect from North America’s favourite spring break destination, the selection of sleeps is vast. We’ve handpicked the best boutique, family and adult-only hotels and resorts to make that selection simpler.

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Hotel La Fonda, Benalmádena
booking.com / Hotel La Fonda, Benalmádena

Benalmádena - British English

Hotels

A firm favourite with Brits abroad for half a century, Benalmádena lies in the middle of a built-up coastal sprawl that starts in Malaga and spreads 30 miles west of it along the Costa del Sol. The town’s extraordinary tourist development kicked off in the 1960s and shows no sign of abating, particularly in Benalmádena Costa – the central resort area, dominated by leisure complexes, timeshares and apartment blocks. Some respite can still be found though, particularly in the relatively tranquil original mountain village of Benalmádena Pueblo. The town is largely aimed at families, but there are still plenty of resorts, boutique hotels and B&Bs to choose from, including more romantic, intimate options away from the coast. Whether your holiday hotel fancies turn to a traditional Andalusian town house, a five-star bijou boutique bolthole or a sleek and tranquil adults-only resort, our selection of the best accommodation in Benalmádena should help.

Yoga at Sunrise on Steps of Sydney Opera House
Photograph: Daniel Boud

Sydney - Australian English

Things to do Festivals

The fourth month of the year means shorter days and cooler nights, but don't hibernate just yet – April is packed with arts and culture festivals, rooftop cinemas and Easter-themed events to help you enjoy the autumn chill. Parents, you'll find cute animals and fairground rides at the Royal Easter Show and plenty of suggestions for things to do in the school holidays. Reading this on April Fool's Day? You'll need our guide to Easter in Sydney (no, it's not a prank). Planning ahead to ANZAC Day? Here's where to play two-up. Need to get away? See our tips for short getaways near Sydney. 

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