Weymouth is the quintessential British seaside town. A golden sandy beach circling a wide, serene bay, Weymouth Beach has been attracting tourists since King George III first took to the waters here for his health. The bay is fronted by a terrace of attractive Georgian buildings, the harbour is lined with colourful buildings and fish
If you’re looking for a perfect cliff walk on the south coast of the UK, then you won’t go far wrong with the Jurassic coast. As a 95 mile stretch of coastline running from East Devon to Dorset, The Jurassic coast is home to around 185 million years of history. The Jurassic Coast is a
Lake Constance Meersburg. Photo credit: IBT Achim Mende Lake Constance is where Austria, Germany and Switzerland meet, mingle and bedazzle. From Swiss sophistication to Bavarian feasts, it’s a bewitching Alpine playground. I’m here for the ferry-hopping and country-crossing, sampling a succession of European greatest hits but without turning it into a slog, Tour de France-style.
I love walking and think it is the best way to explore. A good example is the Makarska Riviera, in the Dalmatian region of Croatia. This beautiful stretch of coastline, lying on the foothills of Mount Biokovo, is the perfect destination for walkers of all abilities. This huge limestone mountain has been fashioned by nature
Divided by the Rhine, Düsseldorf is a small city in Western Germany known for its fashion and rich art history. Despite its reputation as a business destination, there are plenty of things for tourists to discover in this pleasant, green city. From boundary-pushing architecture in the Medienhafen district, to traditional beers and cobbled streets in
The Algarve is mainland Portugal’s southernmost region and, according to the Met Office, it enjoys more sunshine than California! With over a hundred miles of Atlantic coastline, it’s famous for its fantastic golden sandy beaches and appears as one of the world’s best value holiday destinations in the latest Post Office Money Report. Here are
For the untrained tongue, Bydgoszcz is very difficult to pronounce and sends the spellchecker into meltdown. Pronouncing it “Bid-gosh” seems to be recognised by nearly everyone but it sounds slightly different when said by a native of the city. Sweden, Prussia, Germany and the communists have all occupied Bydgoszcz. All have left their mark on
When you visit Berlin, there’s one food that you absolutely have to try: currywurst. The spicy sausage dish was born in the city just after World War II, and it’s become an iconic part of the food scene there. But with hundreds of currywurst stands across the German capital, where can you find the best?
Spring into Tallinn If Estonia is still a blank canvas, come and paint your own picture. Estonia has never been closer, with British Airways now flying direct to Tallinn. The capital of Estonia is regularly touted as the best-value destination in the Baltics and beyond. And you’ll be in time to celebrate the country’s centenary,
Back in the 1950s a young newly wed and her naval officer husband moved to the Island of Malta and immediately fell in love with the place. They settled in a quiet suburb of the capital Valletta and stayed for nearly three years. In 2015 that same couple returned for a few days to the
As I left the plane a fellow passenger said that I would either love or hate my forthcoming walking experience on the island of Fuerteventura. My curiosity was heightened. I had read the descriptions of the walks in the programme and they seemed pretty ordinary. I was soon to discover there is nothing ordinary about
From glühwein and gingerbread to handmade ornaments and intricately decorated trees, there’s nothing as festive as a Christmas market. These are a few of the best places in Austria to visit this Christmas… Vienna – History and Handicrafts Vienna’s Christmas market dates back to 1298, so it’s no surprise that the city is one of
Copenhagen frequently ranks as one of the happiest cities in the world, possibly partly because of the Danish concept of ‘hygge’. In case you haven’t heard of it, ‘hygge’ is a feeling of comfort and cosy contentment which is derived from experiencing simple pleasures. The Danish capital is home to a wealth of historical buildings,
Every time I see blue flowers I am reminded of the Azores and the hydrangea hedges that tumble down the steep valley slopes towards the blue waters of a crater lake. The blue agapanthus swaying in the breeze on the cliff tops. Beyond the cliffs the blue sea and an occasionally profoundly blue sky. Blue
Autumn is a great time for a European city break – it’s generally cooler and less crowded than it is in summer, but the winter chill has yet to arrive. Here are some ideas for interesting places for you to visit this autumn. Copenhagen, Denmark Copenhagen is a beautiful, compact city which is really enjoyable