Secret Guide: Rhodes and Kos

Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands and also the historic capital. Due to its seafaring location, Rhodes played a huge part in the areas ancient history, some of which dates back centuries and can thankfully still be appreciated today. If you’re looking for a beautiful island beach holiday, that’s also got plenty of architecture to entertain history buffs, plus gorgeous natural landscapes to boot, then Rhodes and nearby Kos sound like the perfect destinations for your next Greek island getaway.

Secret guide: Halkidiki and its three peninsulas

Situated in northern Greece, the region of Halkidiki is known for its three magnificent peninsulas (or legs as they’ve come to be called), each home to stunning beaches that lead into the Aegean Sea, and incredible natural vistas. The most popular peninsula with holiday-makers is Kassandra which is occupied by luxury hotels and sand-hugging resorts. If you’re looking for something off the beaten track then Sithonia is home to secluded coves, and in Athos, you’ll see a beautiful historic Byzantine monastery which can be viewed from afar.

A guide to the Champagne region in France

Known the world over as the drink of celebration, Champagne is a delicious effervescent wine that comes from the region of the same name in northern France. Many have imitated this delightful fizz (and imitation is, of course, the best form of flattery), but nothing quite measures up to the original – and some might say best sparkling wine. While the alcoholic beverage might lure you to the region, there is plenty of other delights that await you in this historic area of France.

Promenade in Nice

A guide to the glamourous French Riviera

Few places are associated with glamour and elegance like the French Riviera. Jetsetters and celebrities have frequented this place to try their luck at the gaming tables and glide around on luxury yachts. What we call the Riviera, and as the French call it the Côte d’Azur, is the coastal strip that begins in the city of Hyères and stretches all the way to the eastern border where the Italian equivalent takes over.

Secret guide: Porto

Glazed Majolica, panoramas studded with terracotta roofs, restaurants on the river and many (many) flakey ‘pastel de nata’ pastries: the unique personality of Porto will capture you in seconds. The ideal European destination for a long weekend away, here are some of our favourite things to do in this colourful city.

From world-famous to top secret: the 5 best sights in the Alps

Fresh air, green valleys, snow-capped peaks and breathtaking panoramas: the Alps have so much to offer and not only to the avid hikers. The dramatic mountain range offers incredible diversity across eight countries. But, there are by no means only mountains to be seen – you will find several exciting attractions in the Alps; here are our top 5 picks of the most exciting.

Prosecco Road: discovering liquid gold

A perfect example of how humans and nature can work together to create something close to perfection, the ‘Strada del Prosecco’ is not just a journey for an excellent glass of bubbles, but a pilgrimage to discover the centuries of passion and determination that go into every golden drop. A newly appointed UNESCO heritage site, the Prosecco hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene is an appropriate place to uncork a bottle of the region’s finest.