Seven unexpected romantic destinations across Europe

Romantic getaways often tell the same story: you might think that gliding down the Grand Canal on a gondola or taking photos in front of the Eiffel Tower are the ultimate in city-break romance, and why wouldn’t you? And yet, there are plenty of romantic destinations in Europe you probably haven’t ever thought of jetting off to, for a break from the tourist-filled chart-toppers without compromising on the love factor.

Ski luxury for less: five swish European resorts and their best-value alternatives

Lift passes, equipment hire, cheese-laden fondues and post-piste beers – ski holidays can incur many costs but we’re here to prove it can be done without breaking the bank, if you know where to go. Whether you’re looking for cruisy blues that are gentle on the legs, challenging black runs or perhaps the pick of gourmet mountain restaurants, here are our favourite alternatives for purse-friendly …

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.

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.