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Zanzibar

Zanzibar is an archipelago off the coast of East Africa (Image: Getty)

Zanzibar
Text and Photography by Aline Coquelle, foreword by Mirella Ricciardi £70 (Published by Assouline)

Off the coast of East Africa in the Indian Ocean sits an archipelago known as Zanzibar. It all started ten million years ago when the island of Pemba separated from mainland Africa and then ten thousand years ago, the island of Unguja followed suit.Thus begins the legend of Zanzibar.

For centuries, Zanzibar has been the haven and gateway for explorers such as Richard Burton and David Livingstone to penetrate the unknown African continent. Forward to present day and it is still possible to experience the unique wildlife, whether that is by scuba diving off the coast of a private island or visiting the Jozani Forest to see the endemic red colobus monkey.

This cluster of islands is at a crossroads of cultures, featuring Omani architecture, Portuguese vocabulary and an assortment of international cuisines.

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ST. TROPEZ SOLEIL
Text by Simon Liberati £70 (Published by Assouline)

The legend of St.Tropez starts with a dog, a rooster, and a martyr; and it leads to movie stars, world-renowned artists and distinguished writers. Located on the sparkling French Riviera, St.Tropez has enjoyed the spotlight for more than half a century, with celebrities flocking to this idyllic locale for its beaches and a dose of Mediterranean sun.

A picturesque oasis, St.Tropez has served as inspiration for a who’s who of notable writers from Françoise Sagan to Colette. However, St. Tropez would not be the same without Brigitte Bardot, her films and lovers and many other famous couples, including Bianca and Mick Jagger.

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St.Tropez Soleil guides the reader through its storied past and ever-evolving present.

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St.Tropez is a picturesque coastal oasis

St.Tropez is a picturesque coastal oasis (Image: Getty)

100 DRIVES, 5,000 IDEAS
Joe Yogerst £16.99 (National Geographic Publishing)

Buckle up for the road trip of a lifetime: 100 epic journeys through all 50 U.S. states and 10 Canadian provinces offering thousands of sites and roadside attractions along the way.

From a vineyard route through North west wine country to a winter wonderland on Alberta’s Icefields Parkway, this informative travel guide offers epic sights, good bites, and pure fun.

Take in the magnificent turns along Alaska’s Route One through Anchorage and Kenai. Or wind your way through retro spots from Chicago to Los Angeles on Route 66. On nearly 600 miles of New Mexico’s Trail of the Ancients, stop off at sites dating back to A.D. 850. Or discover fossils along Dinosaur Drive, a route that winds its way from Calgary to Denver.

Beach lovers will delight in Hawaii’s Oahu Circle Island Drive, while history lovers can follow Canada’s War of 1812 trail with stops at major battlefields along the way.

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FRANCES MAYES, ALWAYS ITALY
Frances Mayes with Ondine Cohane £25 (National Geographic Publishing)

This lush guide, featuring more than 350 glorious photographs from National Geographic, showcases the best Italy has to offer from the perspective of two women who have spent their lives revelling in its unique joys.

A typical Tuscany landscape

A typical Tuscany landscape (Image: Getty)

Frances Mayes, the author of Under the Tuscan Sun and many other bestsellers, and New York Times travel writer Ondine Cohane reveal an Italy that only the locals know, filled with top destinations and unforgettable travel experiences.

From the colourful coastline of Cinque Terre and the quiet ports of the Aeolian Islands to the Renaissance architecture of Florence and the best pizza in Rome, every section features insider secrets and off-the-beaten-path recommendations – for example, a little restaurant in Piedmont known for its tajarin, a pasta made from 30 egg yolks that is the perfect bed for the region’s celebrated truffles.

Here are the best places to stay, eat and tour, paired with the rich history of each city, hillside town, and unique terrain. Along the way, you’ll make stops at the country’s hidden gems.

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COMPLETE NATIONAL PARKS OF EUROPE
Justin Kavanagh £25 (National Geographic Publishing)

Discover a wild Europe in this comprehensive guide to 460 pristine parks and wild spaces, packed with full-colour photos, detailed maps, and practical tips.This breathtaking tour will inspire your next adventure. Find your way to Snowdonia inWales, with more than 1,490 miles of walking trails through thick forests and along coastal beaches and jagged mountains. Catch a glimpse of some of the more than 10,000 species inhabiting Germany’s Bavarian Forest. Explore the flora and fauna while camping amid the twin peaks of France’s Pyrenees. Or visit Norway’s Jotunheimen park, with the country’s 29 highest peaks and plenty of hiking.

Each entry includes favourite viewing spots, the best trails and insights into what makes each of these parks worth visiting. Stockist: simonandshuster.co.uk WHERE TO GO WHEN £18.99 (Published by DK Eyewitness) Your bucket list is scrawled on the back of a well-thumbed postcard and pinned to the fridge door: see the Northern Lights dance across the Arctic Circle; celebrate the colour-caked festival of Holi in India; spot penguins posturing off the shores of Patagonia. But where do you go from here or, rather, when? It’s often this uncertainty that stops us from clicking “book” on that trip of a lifetime and we’ve all had disappointing experiences, when the timing just wasn’t right.

And don’t get us started on the weather, when our dreams of endless sapphire skies were dashed by driving rain.

When has singled out the most unforgettable journeys, destinations and festivals for every month of the year, so you know exactly when to set off on your next adventure.

Not only that but it’s gathered mouthwatering photography that will stir your senses and transport you to faraway lands.

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