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Laura Lindsay from Lonely Planet answers your travel questions

Q I’d like to visit the island of Pag in Croatia next summer as I’ve heard there’s a great party scene. Is it easy to get to and find somewhere to stay? Paul, via email

 The party island of Pag is incredibly popular in the summer months. The action is centred around the beach at Zrće on the northern half of the island, where international DJs play at clubs right on the sand.

The season runs from late June to mid-September and you can expect to pay up to £30 entry at the main clubs, such as Aquarius, Calypso and Papaya.

If you plan your visit for the end of June you can catch Hideout music festival, also taking place on Zrće’s beach. The beach is great for swimming and watersports, too.

Accommodation is mainly found in Novalja, just a couple of miles from Zrće beach. Novalja is a decent-sized town with all of the amenities you would need, including an internet café and cash machines.

There is lots of information on the tourist authority’s website, tz-novalja.hr.

There is a range of accommodation here. Hotel Loža is right on the seafront and rooms start at around £20 per night. I’d recommend booking your accommodation in advance.

The island itself, which sits an hour north of Zadar, is easy to reach as it’s connected to the mainland with a bridge. Bus services operate to the major cities of Zagreb, Zadar and Split (antoniotours.hr).

You can fly to Zadar (the nearest airport) with Ryanair from Stansted or Croatia Airlines from Gatwick.

I’m planning a weekend break for me and my mates in Edinburgh. Can you suggest what we should do to make the most of the city? Neil, via email

Start your day early on Saturday in the Old Town district. Grab breakfast at Edinburgh’s Saturday Farmers’ Market in the centre of the city. Next, head to the weekend’s absolute must-see, Edinburgh Castle.

It’s a pretty pricey entry fee (£16 per adult), so only shell out if you have time to explore the wealth of historical rooms. Then take a stroll down the city’s main historical street, The Royal Mile.

Lined with souvenir shops, bagpipe players and pubs, this is touristy Scotland at its best.

Other interesting attractions in the Old Town include Real Mary King’s Close, a spooky medieval underground street hidden beneath the old town and the Scotch Whisky Experience, which is a tour (in a whisky barrel shaped carriage) through a replica distillery.

Plan your evening around the lively bars of Rose Street. Try The Abbotsford, a popular bar that has managed to retain its Edwardian splendour.

Afterwards, head to nearby Queen Street to dance the night away at Jools Holland’s Jam House.

On Sunday, get rid of the hangover with a hike up to Arthur’s Seat, the remains of a long-extinct volcano which presides over the city.

The view from the summit is fantastic and you can reward yourself with lunch in the picturesque Duddingston Village at the base of Arthur’s Seat, which is one of the oldest parts of the city.

Lonely Planet’s Laura Lindsaywill give you the benefit of her infinite wisdom if you email a question to traveltips@tntmagazine.com.

If your question is answered, you’ll win a Lonely Planet guide of your choice.

 

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