Europe’s best lake breaks

From the grandeur of Lake Como to the turquoise hues of the Plitvice National Park

Get lost in Germany’s Black Forest

There’s more to the land of cuckoo clocks and fairy tales than meets the eye

Kent

The garden of England is a weekender’s dream with medieval towns, sandy beaches and a burgeoning art scene

Visit Sibiu: the Transylvanian host of this week’s EU summit

This pocket-sized Romanian city easily competes with Europe’s heavyweights

The return of the pilgrimage: walking from Canterbury to Rome

The Via Francigena and Spain’s Camino are attracting growing numbers of modern pilgrims, says Melanie McDonagh

Leonardo da Vinci’s Tuscany: from Anchiano to Florence

Five hundred years after the death of da Vinci, no tour of Tuscany is complete without exploring the landscapes of his childhood

8 unusual getaways for the summer

Find a hideout this summer with these treehouses, castles and cabins

Spring fling: a seasonal getaway in Dublin

Spend the weekend in Ireland’s capital for a heady mix of history and culture

Spend the weekend in…Montenegro

Montenegro is coming out of Croatia’s shadow as an undiscovered jewel of the Adriatic Sea

Patagonia: a journey to the bottom of the world

Get up close to icebergs and visit the world’s most southerly city on the tip of South America

Have a horrible histories holiday in Rome

Rome is full of gory facts to delight kids and grown ups alike

Have a Famous Five adventure on the Isles of Scilly

Stumble across this sub tropical archipelago before everyone else discovers it

Spend the weekend in…Prague

Wander away from the usual tourist trail to discover a wealth of art and history in the up and coming quarters of the city

Spend the weekend in…Surrey

From the beauty of the Surrey Hills to the splendour of Polesden Lacy, Surrey is a veritable treasure trove for the weekender

Set sail for Sardinia & Corsica

Why choose between Italy and France when you can have both? Sail between these jewels of the mediterranean with our guide to the best spots on both islands

The rise of the running holiday

From a Nepalese running trek to a race around a Swiss mountain, running holidays are growing in appeal

Spend the weekend in…Cornwall

It’s not yet warm enough to hit the beach but Cornwall is heaven for food lovers. Here’s where to eat and sleep around Penzance

For romance, take a trip to Elizabeth Taylor’s Montreal

why romantics will fall for this snow-blanketed city in the Great White North

The best dog-friendly mini breaks

Why leave the dog at home when you can lap up a luxury hotel with your canine friend in tow?

Spend the weekend in…Malta

From the Baroque architecture of Valletta to the azure waters of the blue lagoon, Malta is well worth exploring

What’s new in Paris

From a new restaurant in an abandoned station to an immersive Van Gogh exhibition, there are plenty of reasons for a weekend in Paris this spring

The Côte d’Azur: a sailor’s guide to the French Riviera

From Villefranche to St Tropez, sailing from port to port gives you a new perspective on this much loved stretch of French coast

Spend the weekend in…Suffolk

Surrey and the Cotswolds might lure more tourists but Suffolk rivals both of them for chocolate box cottages and quintessentially…

Oman’s fjords: a Middle Eastern rival to Norway

Oman’s Musandam Peninsula is the Norway of the Middle East

Off the beaten track: Namibia

nicknamed ‘the land God made in anger’, Namibia rewards the intrepid with rare wildlife and rugged landscapes