Europe

  • 21 The £160 million makeover to restore Ritz Paris to former glory
    At the end of July, the iconic Ritz Paris will close its doors for a £160 million makeover.   The landmark hotel, the epitome of opulent travel for the past 114 years, will be treated...

  • 22 Ibiza: The perfect heavenly hideaway
    To really get a feel for this idyllic island, you need to scale its peaks. Hotel Hacienda Na Xamena is just the place for it - a unique and magical destination, built with dreamy days looking out to sea...

  • 23 Shop Istanbul: a fashionista's paradise
    When it comes to shopping destinations, the main ones that spring to mind are Paris, New York, London and Milan. But right now Istanbul is the place to go. This Turkish hot spot that spans continents,...

  • 24 Hike the new coastal path around Wales
    The newly opened path now stretches along the coast of Wales for 870 miles and allows you to discover the countryside from the outskirts of Chester in the north, almost at the border with England, to the...

  • 25 Bookmark these great British literary destinations
    Edinburgh The first UNESCO city for literature has inspired over 500 novels. It plays centre stage both for the works of classical writers of the stature of Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson and...

  • 26 The crowning jewels of the Cote d'Azur
    From St-Tropez to the Belle Époque aura of Cannes; these seductive locations have always captivated sun lovers and socialites. There are also, of course, those niche spots where the per-capita...

  • 27 Andorra: Top 10 relaxing spa hotels
    When thinking about Andorra, besides snow, your imagination flows and brings forth images of wellbeing, pampering spa treatments and relaxation. The luxurious thermal centre in Caldea might be the reason.  There...

  • 28 Copenhagen: one of Europe's coolest, greenest cities
    The longest pedestrian street in Europe, Strøget, winds through the city centre with shops of world-renowned Danish design, fashion and much more. In its squares and along its fascinating canals...

  • 29 Bamberg: a Bavarian treasure
    The lush green countryside around Bamberg is a charming setting for the seven-hilled town that residents of Bamberg like to compare to Rome. The hills are dotted with an abundance of medieval churches...

  • 30 Soviet luxury at the Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow
    Recently named Europe’s Leading Luxury Business Hotel by World Travel Awards, the Radisson Royal Hotel is a landmark in the heart of Moscow. The former Hotel Ukraina is eminently state-of-the-art,...

  • 31 Gourmet Brussels in seven steps
    Tip 1: Plan your route. Pop into the Office of Tourism and pick up a map (.50€ - about 30p) outlining one of the gastronomy trails organised by the city. There are three separate routes: Sweet Tooths,...

  • 32 Take a gastronomic tour of Lisbon


    They say that the Portuguese have 365 recipes for cod, one for each day the year. But Leonal Pereira, chef at the exclusive restaurant Panorama in Lisbon, claims to have created recipe number 366, accompanying...

  • 33 Discover the world of Toulouse-Lautrec in Albi, France
    Set on the banks of the river Tarn in southern France, the historic French city of Albi is rich in the Languedoc style of architecture, featuring red brick and tiles, of which the Cathedral of Sainte Cecile...

  • 34 Brazilian design comes to Berlin
    Berlin is one of Europe's most attractive cities, not simply because the city itself is beautiful, but because of its rich cultural life and its wealth of art galleries. And now, until May 5th, 2012, there's...

  • 35 The most spectacular pictures of Earth Hour 2012
    The lights were out in the Acropolis of Athens for Earth Hour, and it wasn't alone. World landmarks such as the Great Wall of China and the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris went dark for 60 minutes to join...

  • 36 The monumental majesty of Salamanca
    Travel is all about discovery, and to appreciate a place you need to know something of its history, its monuments and its art, as well as sampling regional cuisine and meeting local people. It also helps...

  • 37 Vienna Opera Ball: a once-in-a-lifetime event
    Protocol for the event is, of course, strict: women must wear floor-length evening gowns and men tuxedo and tails. Then scenery, dress and music all combine to ensure that, year after year, the Opera...

  • 38 Last minute Easter escapes
    Leipzig: music, music, music! This year, the three divisions of Leipzig's oldest cultural institution, the Thomana, celebrate their 800th anniversary with a stunning programme of concerts and events....

  • 39 Dive into the world's best scuba sites
    Azores The waters around this remote Portuguese archipelago way out in the Atlantic Ocean are home to an amazing underwater world. The nine small volcanic islands of the Azores are surrounded by waters...

  • 40 The Spanish 'Mona Lisa' goes to Paris
    This 'twin' of the Mona Lisa comes from the former Royal Collection and has been in Spain since the seventeenth century, and in the possession of the Prado Museum for the last fourteen years. It's only...



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