Sports & nature

  • 41 Treasure islands in the Andaman Sea
    Unlike Phang Nga Bay and the paradisiacal island of Phuket – the two best known and most popular tourist destinations in the Andaman Sea – these secret islands have managed to jealously guard...

  • 42 The sheer beauty of the French 'fjords'
    With its steep-walled inlets, known locally as calanques, the stretch of coastline between Marseilles and Cassis is one of the most rugged landscapes of the whole of the Mediterranean. The spectacular,...

  • 43 Elephant polo – colossal fun in Thailand
    Elephant polo, the popular Thai sport whose international rules were established in the early Eighties, offers a unique experience for spectators from around the world. This year is a particularly good...

  • 44 Sun, sand and... lava, in Tenerife
    In Tenerife, a land of carnival, unique history and natural wonders, a diverse landscape surrounds the volcanic mass of Mount Teide. There are volcanic beaches and fine sand beaches, waters where you can...

  • 45 Magical Mediterranean islands
    Brac (Croatia) 
 Zlatni Rat – the 'golden cape' – near Bol is probably Croatia's finest beach. The beautiful horn of pale sand juts into the sea, extending for nearly half a mile, and is...

  • 46 'Glamping': putting the glamour in camping
    Forget about wet feet and tangled guy-lines: times have changed. The new trend for 'glamping' – as a the name suggests, it combines glamour and camping – let's you get up close and personal...

  • 47 The southeastern tip of Spain
    You may experience a kind of deja vu as you roam around the rugged landscapes of Cabo de Gata-Nijar on the coast of Almeria in southern Spain. This is hardly surprising, as it has featured in TV series,...

  • 48 Panama, a land of abundance
    Panama owes its existence to the canal, which has marked the life and politics of the country since it seceded from Colombia in 1903, and which remains today one of its greatest assets. There's no ...

  • 49 Cool pools around the world
    Imagine an endless horizon as pool, sea and sky blend in a perfect shade of azure blue. Some of the best luxury hotels offer their perfect pools for your pleasure. Will you take the plunge? The Oberoi...

  • 50 The wild beauty of the Costa Brava
    This rugged Mediterranean shore in the north of Spain, almost on the French border, offers travellers the pleasure of discovering unexpected coves and pristine beaches along the craggy coastline that...

  • 51 Summer in Andorra is all action
    Vallnord has taken on a new name for the summer, and is now Vallnord Mountain Park, a vast open-air space where adventure and nature are the stars. If you're already a fan of mountain biking, take note,...

  • 52 Asturian beaches: something for everyone
    Spain's Principality of Asturias looks north out over the Bay of Biscay and the Cantabrian Sea, but the coast takes so many twists and turns you could find yourself looking in almost any direction. Compared...

  • 53 Adrenaline rush in Pamplona
    Mention the Spanish town of Pamplona and the chances are someone will bring up the running of the bulls. Blame Ernest Hemingway, who featured the Basque festival in two novels The Sun Also Rises...

  • 54 Michelle Obama enjoys family time in Africa
    Sprawling for a vast area of 75,000 hectares, Madikwe Game Reserve encompasses rocky peaks, open grasslands and verdant valleys, each habitat home to its own particular range of wildlife. And within the...

  • 55 Ascot: a day at the races
    You  may have missed Royal Ascot itself, but there's no reason why you shouldn't visit the world's most famous race course for one of the other meetings and try your luck. And this year there's...

  • 56 Sailing off the coast of Croatia
    Once it was rebuilt after the conflict in the former Yugoslavia, Dubrovnik became one of the most popular destinations around the Mediterranean. No doubt its cobblestone streets, lined with whole neighbourhoods...

  • 57 Meet the orang-utans in the jungle of Borneo
    Your first encounter with an orang-utan in the jungle is an unforgettable experience. Your attention is caught by a rustle of leaves or the movement of a branch, then a reddish shadow appears. Perhaps...

  • 58 The natural splendour of Namibia
    Take a break from the hustle and bustle, step away from the rat race, and travel back in time to the oldest desert in the world, which stretches the length of Namibia's coastline. The unspoiled country...

  • 59 Breathe the pure spring air in Madriu
    Set in the eastern Pyrenees between France and Spain, the tiny Principality of Andorra is a rugged land which boasts the highest capital city in Europe. With plenty of snow and ten months of sunshine...

  • 60 The romance of the Seychelles
    On the map, the name seems to float unsupported in the middle of the blue, but as you zoom in on the Indian Ocean, the islands of the Seychelles archipelago begin to appear. First you'll see the inner...



Follow us on



Suggestions



News in pictures