Europe

Malaga: The Art of Extending Summer

Ancient meets the modern in this city.  Home to the only Pompidou Centre outside Paris and birthplace of one of the most celebrated artists in history, Malaga is more than just the gateway to the beaches of the Costa del Sol and Andalucía in the south. A compact and richly cosmopolitan city, it delivers on culture, tantalising tapas, new hedonistic hotspots that could give Barcelona a run for its money and fine weather, with more than 300 days of sunshine a year. Read more about Malaga: The Art of Extending Summer

Amsterdam Weekender

Delicate bridges and waterways weave in and out of old brick and glass buildings, and outdoor cafes line every road. There are hen and stag dos a-plenty, and hitting the main drag in Old Centre to party hard is definitely part of the experience, as is strolling through the infamous Red Light District where purring women push themselves up against windows beckoning in paying customers. When you're looking to chill out, visit the mesmerising Van Gogh Museum or kick back with a spliff. Yes, it's legal here - and all part of the, er, cultural experience.  Read more about Amsterdam Weekender

Your weekend in Menorca, Spain

Europe is sprinkled with magical islands harbouring ports, sandy beaches, fresh seafood and rich histories.  Menorca is arguably one of the lesser-known of the Balearic Islands - with Ibiza's clubs and Mallorca's package holidays hogging the limelight - but this little island is quietly and steadily making itself known. It lures in couples looking for a chilled-out gateway and groups of friends wanting to explore this small part of Europe at their own pace. P.S. Drinking of wine is mandatory. Read more about Your weekend in Menorca, Spain

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Get Yourself to Glorious Greece

There isn't much the Greeks didn't invent, from the Olympic Games to medicine and modern philosophy. They have also cornered the market in picture-perfect holidays.  Think ancient remains and pristine beaches, lush mountains that tumble down into waters of piercing blue, and islands of pretty, whitewashed villages draped in dazzling fuchsia bougainvillaea.  There is something for everyone, from the sophisticated glamour of Mykonos to the rugged mountains and soft sands of Kos and the delectable cuisine of Crete. Read more about Get Yourself to Glorious Greece

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Germany: from Forests to Cathedrals

Every year, about 37 million tourists from all over the world travel to Germany. Also, annually, the German National Tourist Board (GNTB) conducts a survey among international visitors asking them to name their favourite German attractions.  We had a closer look at the top 15 in the list and thought we should suggest some off-the-beaten-track alternatives. Because if you like those, you might also like these. Read more about Germany: from Forests to Cathedrals

Take a Bike Tour of Salzburg

Goodness knows what the people of Salzburg made of my family and I careering round their city on bikes, singing Edelweiss at the tops of our voices. But Salzburg is intrinsically linked with The Sound Of Music and The Fraulein Maria bike tour is possibly the most memorable way to immerse yourself in it. To be honest, it wasn't really music and we didn't quite make it up into the hills, but the streets were definitely alive with the sound of our hollering. Read more about Take a Bike Tour of Salzburg

Our Family Road Trip to La Rochelle, France

There's nothing quite like a family road trip, and one of the best ways to see France at its finest is behind the wheel. What is surprising is how much of the country's most traditional attractions - gourmet food, the world's best wine, astonishing history and stunning architecture - are within a doable drive from other parts of Europe and the UK via Eurotunnel Le Shuttle terminal in Folkestone. Read more about Our Family Road Trip to La Rochelle, France

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