The great outdoors

  • 41 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,...

  • 42 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...

  • 43 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...

  • 44 '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...

  • 45 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,...

  • 46 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 ...

  • 47 The Amalfi Coast – leave your map behind
    Cliffs, vineyards and lemon groves, mansions that look out to the sparkling sea across the hilltops, and heart-stopping views at each twist in the road that weaves its way along the Amalfi Coast: La Strada...

  • 48 Puerto Vallarta, a Pacific paradise
    Archaeological evidence suggests that the area was settled two and a half thousand years ago, but it's only since the Sixties that Puerto Vallarta has become more widely known outside Mexico. Famed for...

  • 49 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...

  • 50 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,...

  • 51 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...

  • 52 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...

  • 53 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...

  • 54 Everything's coming up roses in Ecuador
    They say that Ecuador is the home of the world's most beautiful roses. Whether that's true, or not, it's a fact that cultivation of flowers for export has become a major industry in the mountainous Andes...

  • 55 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...

  • 56 The world's best sunsets
    Serengeti, Tanzania People who have had the good fortune to visit the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania say that until you've seen the sun set over the great orange plains you haven't lived. The image...

  • 57 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...

  • 58 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...

  • 59 Tawi Lodge, in harmony with nature in Kenya
    Relaxing before dinner by the open fire, glorying in the mystery of starry nights, watching the sun set from the verandah or from one of the lodge's comfortable rooms, sipping a drink while watching...

  • 60 On safari in Africa with the kids!
    Maybe you used to dream of travelling to exotic places, perhaps even going on safari in darkest Africa with your partner. Now, though, you're married with kids, and holidays consist of theme parks, fairgrounds...



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