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.

Two days in Copenhagen

Located just 90 minutes away from London is Denmark’s cool capital of Copenhagen. Its sharp design, urban atmosphere and a cosy concoction of cobbled streets, craft studios and industrial bars make the city an ideal destination for city explorers. When you’re here for a weekend visit though, it’s crucial to know the very best spots to check out so we’ve put together a quick guide.

Travel through Turkey: from Istanbul to Mount Ararat

Turkey is a melting pot of cultures and religions and the bridge between Europe and Asia. This wonderful country has captured the hearts of travellers from all over the world for centuries. From the picturesque Bosphorus strait that splits Istanbul, to the modern capital Ankara, to the lunar landscapes of Cappadocia, up to the wonderful beaches of Antalya, these are the most popular destinations for adventurous travellers.

Nature’s hidden secrets of the Aeolian Islands

Introducing the Aeolian Islands, Lipari, Panarea, Salina, Stromboli, Vulcano, Alicudi and Filicudi; seven natural paradises embraced by the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. The ultimate destination for beach-lovers, the Aeolian Islands are also climbing the list of the best places to partake in sustainable tourism – helping to protect nature, while you admire and immerse yourself in the beauty of it.