The best beaches, swim spots and beyond in Croatia

Mediterranean bliss, ancient-kingdom charm and stunning national parks are just some of the things that Croatia offers, as it slithers down the continent towards Montenegro. But would any holiday here – whether a romantic weekend break or a marvellous long escape – be complete without some downtime kicking back on the beach? No matter where you visit – from Split to Zadar to Dubrovnik – …

Road trip: Cape Town to Port Elizabeth

500 miles | 6 days Two of the most iconic road trips on South Africa are here joined together for days of intrepid travels. Start in the buzzing city of Cape Town, before exploring the famous Winelands for a taste of South Africa’s most delicious export. Following the famous Route 62 onto the lauded Garden Route, you’ll be treated to some of the finest roads …

Road trip: Galway to Limerick along the Atlantic Way

Time: 5 hours | Distance: 178 miles There are around 1,500 miles of Atlantic Way. It’s Ireland’s best road trip, hugging the eastern coastline, undulating and darting between dramatic cliffs and fierce waves. But it’s also long, so to really appreciate what’s on offer, let’s focus on the Cliff Coast, following the ocean cliffs as they jut out between Galway and Limerick. Start in bohemia …

Road trip: Lake District

This uniquely wild landscape has long proved an irresistible draw. Piercing crags fall dramatically to vast, shimmering lakes, setting a dramatic scene that beguiles visitors. It’s no surprise that the Romantics had a long established love affair with the area – discover its beauty for yourself. Lowther Castle In the land of Romantics, this grandiose folly seems rather apt. Built in the 19th century, its …

Five inspiring railway journeys across the UK

Between train, plane and automobile travel, climbing aboard the former is without doubt the most relaxing – when it’s not part of your daily commute, that is. Skip the long check-in lines and veer away from traffic, and you’ll wind up chugging along a railway route that’s both seamless and scenic – particularly if you’re headed on one of these five quintessentially British journeys… Snowdon …

48 hours in: Berlin

From WWI and WWII to the split of the city into East and West, Berlin has had more than its fair share of turmoil and tragedy. World-famous street art links in seamlessly with hip bars and history-marked buildings, showcasing the city’s torrid past whilst also creating a vision of its unified future. Whatever your interests, Berlin has something for you – but it wouldn’t be …

Chasing Prague – a traveller’s account

I stood watching Kafka’s face metamorph, glistening, from something recognisable to something wholly the opposite; layer by layer, David Černý’s playful ode to the city’s greatest writer perfectly captured the absurdity of the writer’s prose. I was in Prague and up to this point was rather taken aback at the city’s beauty; to give birth to such existential angst in a young Kafka, to be …