Lessons learned from travelling to 217 countries

It’s the ultimate travel ambition: visiting every country on Earth. After 1,426 days and four passports, Graham Hughes ticked off the final country on his itinerary, South Sudan — which didn’t even exist when he started the trip. He tells Emine Saner what seeing the world taught him

Egypt: Baron Palms Resort, Sharm el Sheikh

With seductive Moorish architecture, plenty of dining options and a private beach, the only reason to leave this Red Sea hideaway is for the spectacular diving

Egypt: Four Seasons Resort, Sharm el Sheikh

With world-class diving on its doorstep, a blissfully decadent spa and Four Seasons’ brand of sophisticated service, this is one of Sharm’s most tranquil hideaways

Time travel: flights of fancy

We rummage through the British Airways archive to find out what was taking off in the world of aviation way back when. This month, a look back at the flying boats of the 1930s

The topsy-turvy travel planner: Turin for Egyptian art

This northern Italian city might be in a different continent from the original home of the Pharaohs, but it is home to the largest collection of Egyptian artefacts outside of Cairo

An expert’s guide to diving in Sharm el Sheikh

Dive Butler International’s founder and managing director, Alexis Vincent, shares his tips for taking the plunge in the Red Sea

Walking the Nile

4,250 miles. 12 months. 6 countries. British adventurer Levison Wood is halfway through an attempt to walk the entire length of the Nile. If he succeeds, it will be a world first. But there are some obstacles in the way...

Cairo's street art

Once graffiti was unheard of in Egypt. Now its vast murals and spray-can stencils are gaining international recognition. But like Banksy, street art’s biggest star, the artists are just as elusive and their work just as vulnerable. Portia Walker meets them

Top five street art spots in Cairo

Portia Walker picks five of the best places in Cairo to check out the city's striking street art

Egypt: Fairmont Nile City, Cairo

Sleek, central and with every little luxury thoroughly thought of, the Fairmont Nile City's facilities mean you won't want to leave the hotel, says Portia Walker

Egypt: Conrad Cairo

Overlooking the Nile and just ten minutes from Tahrir Square, the Conrad Cairo offers faultless service, fabulous food and the perfect respite from the city, says Portia Walker

Egypt's Ramadan soap operas

Cairo is the Hollywood of the Arab film and TV industry, and Ramadan soaps are the blockbusters. Most have 30 episodes — one for every night of the month of fasting. Portia Walker goes on set

The stars of Egypt's soap operas

Egypt's Cairo-filmed Ramadan soap operas are incredibly popular, and their stars have huge fanbases. Portia Walker picks some of the most high profile actors

Egypt after the Arab Spring

People have visited Egypt for more than 2,000 years but, following the Arab Spring, tourists seem afraid to return. Mark Jones reports on why there has never been a better time to visit