FREE mini-guides: Bishkek, Hong Kong, Dubai, Zanzibar, Tulum and Córdoba

A flat lay of Lonely Planet Magazine (December edition 2018) December’s edition of Lonely Planet Magazine (UK) is out now! © Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet Magazine’s December issue (UK) is available to buy now! This month’s edition includes tips for a Tallinn city break, family-friendly hiking in Cornwall and tons of ideas on where to go in 2019.

Since it’s a special time of year, we’ve featured six destination mini-guides (instead of the usual four) to help you plan your next trip. You can download them for free right here.

Women selling traditional Central Asian bread at popular Osh market bazaar in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Women selling traditional Central Asian bread at popular Osh market bazaar © Radiokafka / Shutterstock

First time in Bishkek

Bishkek doesn’t get the appreciation it deserves. Dig into the cuisine, art scene or nightlife of Kyrgyzstan’s capital and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this gateway to the Tien Shan mountain range.

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A rusting bicycle is parked outside a Hong Kong eatery Explore the culture and history behind ultra-modern Hong Kong © Adrienne Pitts / Lonely Planet

Historic Hong Kong

Look beyond the glass and steel of Hong Kong’s commercial heart to find a cultural landscape in which the city’s Chinese roots and colonial connections are entwined. Explore Hong Kong history with these tips.

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The open-air restaurant of the Madinat Jumeirah resort, in the background the Burj al Arab tower Get a table with a view in Dubai © Gimas / Shutterstock

Eating in Dubai

Travel to Dubai not only for its futuristic architecture, traditional souks and desert landscapes, but also for its food. Dubai’s kitchens are diverse and innovative. This list collects the city’s best places to eat.

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A tropical ocean scene in Zanzibar Discover the best bits of Zanzibar – including its turquoise waters © Andrey Chabrov / 500px

Ultimate Zanzibar

With a preposterously beautiful tropical coastline, a wealth of Swahili history and great food, this dreamlike island off the coast of Tanzania is quite the destination. This guide will help distil its highlights.

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Ancient Mayan ruins on the beach of Tulum, Mexico Ancient Mayan ruins on the beach of Tulum, Mexico © Patryk Kosmider / Shutterstock

Tulum on a budget

Tulum’s coastline, with soft, sandy beaches, clear, turquoise waters and balmy breezes, makes it one of the top holiday destinations in Mexico. Even better, it’s accessible to those on a tight budget.

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The interior of Córdoba's mosque turned cathedral Inside Córdoba’s mosque turned cathedral © cge2010 / Shutterstock

Culture in Córdoba

In the Spanish city of Córdoba, one of the greatest mosques ever built in Europe overlooks a web of winding medieval lanes that reveal a striking mix of Roman, Moorish and Spanish cultures.

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