France: La Vague de Saint Paul, Nice

Set in a peaceful oasis of pine trees, this dreamy hotel – with its romantic restaurant and aquamarine pool – showcases the French Riviera at its very best, says Lucy King

Italy: Santa Caterina, Amalfi Coast

Perched on a hilltop amongst orange and lemon groves, this family-run five-star - with its warm hospitality, exquisite food and views out to sea – is charm personified, says Olivia McLearon

Italy, Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como

Over 100 years since it opened as the first purpose-built hotel on the shores of Lake Como, Grand Hotel Tremezzo continues to innovate. Hardeep Singh Kohli is dazzled

John Simpson: Letter from Nice

What the world’s most famous correspondent gets up to off duty

City hot spot: Amsterdam-Oost, Amsterdam

The once downmarket eastern district’s bars and restaurants have started pulling in the crowds

France: The Peninsula Paris

From its dazzling gilded decor to the stellar spa and palatial bedrooms, this five-star is the pinnacle of hotel luxury – there’s even a vintage Rolls Royce on offer to guests. What better way to explore the streets of Paris, asks Andy Morris

On the road with… Phil Collins

The iconic drummer on visiting Graceland and why he loves German steak tartare when he’s on tour

Portugal: Pestana Cidadela Cascais, Lisbon

With a thriving art scene all of its own and a stunning harbour-side setting, the Cidadela Cascais is a must-stay on a visit to the capital of Portugal, says Lucy King

Make new tracks: 10 secret ski spots

They may not be as famous as their big-name counterparts but these unsung ski destinations rival the best when it comes to the perfect powder. Felice Hardy goes off piste to find the top ten

Italy: Hotel Pitrizza, Sardinia

This Italian number continues to attract a well-heeled crowd thanks to its glamorous heritage, impeccable service and tantalising cuisine. Kate Chambers is seduced

Greece: Canaves Oia, Santorini

Set in one of Greece’s most romantic locations, this grown-up retreat delivers a discreet, finely-tuned luxury service to starry-eyed couples, says Bryony Coleman – not to mention sunsets that will make you swoon

On the road with… singer Julia Holter

The LA-based singer and songwriter on her life on tour, from memorable gigs in Warsaw to exploring India’s Varanasi

A tour of Iceland’s Ring Road

Iceland’s 1,332-kilometre-long ring road, also known as Route 1, runs by some of the most popular tourist attractions on the island, but curious-minded travellers willing to take the odd detour will also be handsomely rewarded. Vas Panagiotopoulos picks his favourite, lesser-known stops along the way

The world’s most hi-tech hotels

The days when we were wowed by power showers and complimentary Wi-Fi are long gone. Today’s hi-tech hoteliers have upped their tech game with robot concierges, android butlers and ‘smart glass’ showers, says Tamara Hinson

John Simpson: letter from Marseille

What the world’s most famous correspondent gets up to off duty

Recovering Florence’s relics

When the Arno river burst its banks, it was one of the greatest cultural disasters of modern times, destroying countless famous masterpieces. James Hanning reports on how, 50 years later, the clean-up continues, with modern technology helping to restore long-forgotten treasures

The magical allure of Europe’s Christmas markets

Adam Jacot de Boinod, author of The Meaning of Tingo and former researcher for QI, investigates the unique appeal of Europe’s best Christmas markets

Checking out the front desk of the future

Androids and automatons are popping up in hotels from Nagasaki to Ghent. Are they the logical next step or a dystopian future for travellers, devoid of human contact? Andy Morris investigates the rise of the hotelier robots

Iceland: the world’s coolest music scene?

Everyone from Sigur Rós to Of Monsters and Men has fought for fame at Iceland’s annual Battle of the Bands. Sophy Grimshaw goes behind the scenes at the event in Reykjavik and discovers a uniquely creative city

France: Domaine de Manville, Provence

With its honey-stoned walls, beguiling blue pool and scented gardens, this super stylish hotel ticks all the right boxes for Kate Chambers. Not to mention the very French spa and sunny breakfast conservatory

Extend your summer: 12 hot winter sun destinations

If the impending darker evenings have you desperate for a vitamin D fix, why not escape to warmer climes? From Marrakech to Mauritius, we’ve rounded up the world’s sunniest destinations that will banish the autumn and winter blues

Five of the world’s best city running routes

Whether you’re an athlete or an amateur, it can be hard to know where to exercise when you arrive in a new city. Luckily, the Strava app has that covered. It lets you compete with other runners, share times and photos and tracks your run. We asked its creators to share the app’s most popular runs

Five curious places to see art

You don’t need to go to a gallery to find art. From Lanzarote’s seabed to the rainforests of Belize, Katie Gatens discovers works of art in more natural habitats

Is Milan the real capital of Italy?

Not beautiful like Venice, not as international as London, not hedonistic like Amsterdam... Italy’s business capital has always been talked down. But the Lombardy city has suddenly become a hub of new design with some arguing it’s now streets ahead of Rome. Luke Leitch investigates a change in fortune

Five of the best places in the world for chocolate

Spencer Hyman, CEO of Cocoa Runners, travels the world seeking out the best chocolate by small, independent artisans and has tasted over 6,000 bars. Here, he picks five chocolate hotspots around the world

What does summer look like?

World-beating beaches, sunburnt Brits or the still waters of a fictional lake in Minnesota? From Las Vegas to Willesden Junction, photographers Martin Parr, Mert & Marcus, Nick Knight and more tell us what the season means to them

Ibiza: The Body Camp

More often associated with hedonistic partying, Ibiza isn’t the obvious choice for a detox. But when Daisy Jordan swaps mojitos for meditation at this fitness retreat on the White Isle, she’s delighted with the results

The world’s best surf spots for all seasons

Big wave surfer Andrew Cotton regularly catches swells over 40 feet high all over the world. Here are his top surf spots to visit throughout the year

Spain: Finca Cortesin, Andalucia

With a superb spa, Michelin-starred restaurant and world-class golf course, this Andalucian getaway is a glamarous getaway – even if you’re not a golf fan. Laury Smith is already planning her next visit

DJ Carl Cox’s guide to Ibiza

As he nears the end of his 15-year residency at Space Ibiza, the island’s best-loved DJ chats to High Life about beaches, seafood and taking time out of the party

Five European destinations best visited in summer

While Europe sizzles in the summer months, the crowds also swell. Luckily for you, High Life has handpicked five short-haul holiday ideas where you can make the most of the warm weather but still escape the crowds.

Quiz: Can you match the Olympic stadium to its host city?

With a sporting summer well under way, High Life looks at the stadiums that have played (and still will play) their part in Olympic Games around the world. Do you know your Bird’s Nest from your Maracanã?

The Netherlands: Generator Hostel, Amsterdam

Bed down in this hipster haven and you’ll have plenty of change left over to explore one of Europe’s most creative cities. Katie Gatens joins the hostel’s loyal fan base

Restaurant review: Lotti’s, Amsterdam

With cool Dutch design, the interiors are almost a distraction from the food at this casual canal-side eatery – but with a Soho House and Co chef at its helm, the no-nonsense menu is also a crowd pleaser, as Anisha Patel discovers

The best (and worst) places for disabled travel

Decrepit buildings, lethal bike lanes, endless stairs – life on the road for travellers in wheelchairs is rarely easy. Here are blogger Anthony Tipling Bower’s findings from his attempt to become the first disabled traveller to visit every country

Greece: Kensho Boutique Hotel & Suites, Mykonos

Tucked into a hillside away from the island’s jetset crowds, this newly-built haven is the perfect spot for a serene, sophisticated and sunshine-filled break. Bryony Coleman checks in

Space at the table: food in Ibiza

Ibiza is fast becoming a food destination to rival Copenhagen and San Sebastián, with cooks such as Anne Sijmonsbergen bringing the sensibilities of a Massachusetts farmers’ market to the party island. Hardeep Singh Kohli meets her and the other players making the White Isle more about cuisine than clubbing

How the Olympics changed the world

As Rio welcomes the Olympic and Paralympic Games, international authors reflect on how cities around 
the world changed in their wake

The Netherlands: Hotel Pulitzer, Amsterdam

Fusing history with hip Dutch design, this sleek hotel has plenty of character – not least because it’s made up of 25 interlinked canal houses. Katie Gatens checks in

Gypsy Kings: The rise of Romanian folk music

The antidote to corporate rock‘n’roll, raucous Romanian folk is now being played at clubs and festivals worldwide, making global stars of its bands. Kim Willis heads to the remote villages that are home to the unlikely sound of this summer

Six of the world’s best Pride celebrations

A riot at New York’s Stonewall Inn 45 years ago prompted a parade to raise awareness of LGBT rights. Since then, dozens of cities worldwide have adopted their own Pride date to celebrate love and lobby for equality. Lucy Thackray picks six of the finest

Lessons learned from cycling across the world

Gus Warner is halfway through a 10,000-mile bike ride from Jersey in the Channel Islands to Hong Kong. So far he’s travelled though France, Austria and Turkey. He hopes to be in Turkmenistan by July. He tells High Life what cycling the world has taught him

DJ Martin Garrix’s guide to Amsterdam

The Dutch DJ, record producer and musician reveals where to eat, stay and play in the cool capital of the Netherlands

The ten best European cities to discover by bike

Want to know what’s wheely cool? Discovering a new city by bicycle. To mark National Bike Week (11-19 June) travel writer Tamara Hinson recommends Europe’s best cities to see on two wheels

60 second interview: Mystery Jets

Ten years on from their debut, the band from Eel Pie island in Twickenham debut a more mature sound on their new album Curve of the Earth. Here guitarist and singer William Rees talks holy cities in India, embracing Americana in Texas and partying on Eel Pie

Euro 2016 underdogs: The story of Albanian International Football

Albania is a unique footballing nation where people once risked jail sentences to gather in secret and listen to Saturday afternoon games on the BBC World Service. This month, as the team takes on Euro 2016, Simon Kuper heads to Tirana to meet the man behind their success

Five of the best distilleries to taste gin

From Sweden to Spain – where gin and tonics are practically the national drink – people can’t enough of the quintessentially British drink. Ahead of World Gin Day, Olivier Ward, co-found of Gin Foundry, picks five distilleries around the world to get spirited away

City guide: Where to eat, stay and play in Berlin

Planning a trip to the German capital? Travel writer Nick Curtis recommends the city’s best restaurants, attractions and hotels

This is my Spain: Hinds’ guide to Madrid

The Hinds singer and Madrid native Ana Perrote shares her tips for where to eat, stay, play and enjoy music in the vibrant Spanish city

How to talk about places you’ll never visit

Travel has a rich heritage of imagined expeditions, from Marco Polo to Jules Verne – and writer Pierre Bayard is the undisputed master of virtual globetrotting. Following the publication of his latest book How To Talk About Places You’ve Never Been, he speaks to High Life about letting your imagination run wild

Write on: five famous travel memoirs

Before the days of Instagram, travellers used pen and paper to document their adventures across the globe. David Cole, director of Pen Heaven, chooses five of his favourite travel journals to inspire you on your next trip

Greece: Elounda Bay Palace, Crete

This high-flying resort ticks all the dreamy Greek island retreat boxes with lush green gardens, a glittering spa and jaw-dropping sea views. Anisha Patel gets swept away

France: Grand-Hotel Du Cap-Ferrat, Nice

With previous guests including Charlie Chaplin, the Kennedys and Elton John, it’s little wonder this iconic resort in the French Riviera has exceptionally high standards. Charlotte Swift soaks up the atmosphere

The world’s best beaches 2016: best beaches for sport

Whether it’s kayaking or kitesurfing, our experts have tested the tides and currents of beaches worldwide to find the best beaches for sport

The world’s best beaches 2016: most unusual beaches

Bored of simple sun, sea and sand? Check out our suggestions for offbeat and out-of-the-ordinary coastlines

The world’s best beaches 2016: best family beaches

Some of the best stretches to bring your brood – from toddlers to teens – might not be as obvious as you thought

The world’s best beaches 2016: best beaches for wildlife

For those who would rather swap crowds for crocodiles, explore these untouched beaches with flourishing wildlife away from the masses

DJ Judge Jules: 48 hours in Ibiza

A long weekend on the White Isle is the ultimate weekend getaway – so you’ll want to make every hour count. Having run his legendary Judgement club night in Ibiza for the last 16 years, Judge Jules shares how to make the most of an Ibiza escape

Nine of the strangest (but genius) travel accessories

The latest must-have travel accessory is a symbol-adorned t-shirt designed for linguistically challenged travellers. But don’t mock – some of the weirdest travel accessories are actually the most useful. Tamara Hinson her top picks

Jamie Cullum’s guide to summer festivals

Ahead of his performance at Wiltshire’s Larmer Tree Festival this summer, the jazz singer and songwriter recalls his most memorable festivals, and shares his tips for making the most of your next musical weekend

Seven of the best inner city music festivals

Combine a city break with one of these European music festivals and get the best of both worlds. Louise Raffa selects her favourites

Are you a cargo king or a cardboard box? Take our big air cargo quiz

Planes aren't just for holidays: hundreds of tonnes of cargo are shipped by IAG Cargo on British Airways passenger planes every day. So how much do you know about what’s travelling and where it’s going? Take our quiz to find out

Solo travel: the six best destinations for women travelling alone

Travel writer Alice Tate asked seven jetsetting women to recommend the surprising destinations they’ve most enjoyed as a solo traveller

Top 10 places to take your kids in the UK

From enchanted castles to dolphin spotting, zip wires and mazes, Tessa Clayton picks out 10 of the best UK days out for kids

Quiz: How adventurous a traveller are you?

Do you push yourself to the absolute limit on holiday, or are you happier to go a little slower? Answer these questions and discover the perfect destination to suit your adventurous side (or lack of it…)

Restaurant review: I Carracci, Bologna, Italy

With both rustic and innovative menus that sample the best produce from the Emilia-Romagna region – not to mention an impressive Baroque fresco – this grand restaurant will impress foodies and art lovers alike, says Anisha Patel

David Attenborough: Any questions?

His voice is instantly recognisable and his contribution to our understanding of the behaviour of animals and plants is unparalleled. As he turns 90, High Life quizzes Sir David Attenborough on his long career observing life through a lens

A Room with a View revisited

Merchant Ivory’s costume drama is not only the most enjoyable cinematic adaptation of EM Forster’s work – it also inspired a generation of travellers to ditch their guidebooks and attempt to experience authentic Italy. To see what has happened in the three decades since the 1986 film A Room with a View, Gavin Plumley follows in the footsteps of Lucy Honeychurch to Florence

How to plan an adventure holiday

From leaping out of a plane in Switzerland to scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, an adventure holiday is the best way to get an adrenalin rush, says Meg Jerrard of Here she shares her top six planning tips to ensure you get the most from your trip

On the road with… Primal Scream

After 34 years of mind-expanding music and debauched touring, lead singer Bobby Gillespie talks recording in Scandinavia, gifts from fans and nightmare gigs, gifts from Japanese fans and the most thought-provoking books to read on the road

What I pack… The shoe designer

His career may have taken him around the world, but the exotic flavours of his childhood in the Canary Islands are never far away from Manolo Blahnik. Here he shares his travel essentials, wherever his feet may lead him

Quiz: How much do you actually know about Spain?

¡Hola amigos! Do you know your sobrasada from your sobremesa? Or your jamón from your jerez? Take our quiz to see if you're un verdadero español or un poco estupido…

50 reasons New Europe is taking over the world: Part 3

Europe may be a familiar continent, but it's also an ever-evolving environment to be considered afresh. Here, High Life reveals the next generation of European experiences and personalities

Interview: Christine & the Queens’ Héloïse Letissier

To mark her appearance on the cover of High Life – for our ‘New Europe’ issue – we asked Héloïse about Michael Jackson at Disneyland, dressing in Jean Paul Gaultier and a more gender-fluid side to the City Of Lights

Walking with dinosaurs in Croatia

Long before tourists walked Croatia’s beaches, more thrilling beasts stalked these shores. Palaeontologist Stephen Brusatte explores one of the most unexpected dinosaur destinations

50 reasons New Europe is taking over the world

Europe may be a familiar continent, but it's also an ever-evolving environment to be considered afresh. Here, High Life reveals the next generation of European experiences and personalities

The five faces of New Europe

The fastest British woman in history, a Game of Thrones heartthrob and a world-conquering chef. High Life meets these, and the other people who are set to define ‘New Europe’ in 2016

50 reasons New Europe is taking over the world: Part 2

Europe may be a familiar continent, but it's also an ever-evolving environment to be considered afresh. Here, High Life reveals the next generation of European experiences and personalities

Six of the best golf courses in Europe

Far from being a good walk spoiled, a world-class golf course can make a great holiday really go with a swing. Matthew Dunn, sports reporter for the Daily Express rounds up six of the finest in Europe

Interview: Game Of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

The star of the biggest TV series on the planet grew up in the tiny Danish village of Tybjerg. To mark his appearance on the cover of High Life this month, we spoke to Coster-Waldau about season six, Danish restaurants and why he’d rather not be approached naked

Sardinia: La Licciola, Gallura

Looking for a fun, sun-drenched destination for all the family? Olivia McLearon visits a boutique hotel that's both child-friendly, and ticks all the boxes for adults, too

60 second interview: George Clooney

From Kentucky to Darfur via Lake Como, George Clooney talks travel

Love is in the air: Eight Valentine’s Day gifts to pick up on your next flight

Need a last-minute gift for your other half? Editor of High Life Shop, Lisa Herriott, shares her favourite beauty buys from the Jan-March edition

London pride: American place names

Why are the names of American towns often oddly familiar? British journalist Nicholas Lezard finds out

Eight of the world’s quirkiest museum collections

From voodoo dolls to ramen noodles, here are some of the most unusual collections the world has to offer

10 romantic European city breaks – within easy reach of London

When you’re short on time but high on love, a city break to one of Europe’s romantic capitals is the answer. Sarah Drumm rounds up the destinations within a four-hour flight of London

The world’s hardest travel quiz

Think you know your capital cities from your continents and your roubles from your ringgit? Take our rock-hard travel quiz and find out whether you’re a just novice or the next Christopher Columbus

What makes a city ‘smart’?

Google ‘smart city’ and you’re likely to read about shiny technological utopias in the Middle East and South Korea. But according to Dr Adam Dennett, course director for CASA UCL’s MSc Smart Cities and Urban Analytics course, the most intelligent are the ones that use data for the greater good

Eight epic adventures for 2016

From a snowy trek across Japan to a helicopter safari in Kenya, these inspiring holiday ideas will guarantee your next trip is unforgettable

Is there any way to guarantee you'll see the Northern Lights?

Travel writer Mark Jones heads to Sweden, crosses his fingers and looks to the skies

High Life Entertainment guide: January 2016

Flying with BA this month? Here are the entertainment highlights to look out for – from Jonathan Ross’ review of 'Black Mass' to Cerys Matthews’ favourite new music

eSports: The rise of competitive gaming

'eSports’ has catapulted the video gamer from darkened bedrooms to sold-out stadia, spawned reluctant superstars, and created a billion-dollar industry. Faris Mustafa enters the arena. Photography by Frank Bauer

Ten hair-raising hikes

Want a walk with a side order of thrills? Adventurous travel writer and keen hiker, Andrew Bain, shares his pick of the world’s most rousing routes

The Global City Index 2016

With most of the Earth’s population now living in urban areas, what does this mean for how we will all live and work in the future? Feargus O’Sullivan takes stock of the leading lights and unexpected new additions to the geographic grid for the year ahead

Keith's connections: Where to celebrate Christmas

This month, BA's executive chairman shares the best destinations for celebrating Christmas (or avoiding it...)

Light bites: Two cool places to eat in Rotterdam

Meet the innovative Dutch chef introducing his 'mad scientist' cooking techniques to his native land – then sample his experiments for yourself

Sicily: La Moresca

The manager of La Moresca is on a mission to remind the world of the beauty of Sicily. If his hotel – with its pared-down style and rustic charm – is anything to go by, he shouldn’t have a problem, says Matthew Hutson

The topsy-turvy travel planner: Salzburg for electronic music

Our regular feature explores travel from a different angle. This month, Salzburg branches out from its classical roots...

Eight cities to see in the New Year in style

Love it or hate it, you can’t escape the fact that New Year’s Eve is fast approaching. From San Jose to Sydney, the experts at BarChick pick the best destinations to ring in 2016

The ultimate guide to Paris’ 20 arrondissements

As we mark 125 years since the death of Baron Georges-Eugene Haussmann, the iconic town planner who redesigned Paris, Lizzy Wilkinson shares her guide to the 20 districts that make up the city’s illustrious centre

The man who created Paris

His city plan for the french capital was so successful, he froze paris in time – but why was Haussmann so controversial?

Quiz: which British Airways destination is right for you?

With the new year fast-approaching, there’s never been a better time to plan your 2016 adventure. But where to next? Take our quiz to find out which destination is right for you

Where next in 2016?

To discover the destinations that should be on your radar next year, who better to ask than leading travel editors, adventurers and globe-trotters from around the world? Issy D’Arcy Clark tracks them down

Six sure-fire ways to keep kids entertained on flights

Sarah-Jane Butler, founder of and mother of two, shares her favourite of travel games, toys and apps that will help keep your kids (and you) happy in the air — even on a long-haul flight

The hottest foodie destinations of 2015

With Danish dining in Asia and Michelin star-spotting in Europe, there were some exciting contenders for the best foodie destination of 2015. Here are five places that pushed boundaries to become celebrated dining hotspots

Place your bids: High Life’s charity auction 2015

The second High Life annual charity auction is packed with luxe and money-can’t-buy experiences, from meeting Jonathan Ross at his chat show to hanging out with Team Sky in Italy. All lots start from just £50 — so what are you waiting for?

High Life Entertainment guide: December 2015

Your guide to this month’s inflight entertainment highlights, from Jonathan Ross’ review of Mistress America to London band Foal’s fourth album — and a healthy does of Frank Sinatra’s Christmas tunes

Austria: Hotel Goldener Berg, Oberlech

Glittering mountain views, gourmet cuisine and a go-to spa ... Oh and the skiing is pretty good, too. This chalet-style hotel makes for an unbeatable holiday on the slopes, says Rowena Carr-Allinson

Future gazing: how will we travel in 2055?

By the time the next 500 issues of High Life are published — taking us through to 2055 — travel will have changed beyond recognition. But how? Here are the predictions from people in the know

Time travel: star of the skies

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 one of BA’s most iconic planes, the Lockhead TriStar

Ski: a gourmet guide to the slopes

We’re firm believers that the best way to a skier’s heart is through their tummy, so here’s our guide to ski towns where food will take centre stage this winter

40-odd years of travel: what has really changed?

Nick Curtis looks back at over the last four decades of travel and discovers that, despite making leaps and bounds in technology, some things haven’t changed all that much

France: Koh-I Nor, Val Thorens

Perched at the top of the increasingly glamorous Val Thorens ski resort, the Koh-I Nor is the highest five-star hotel in Europe. Lucy Thackray gets her thermals on

What I pack: the guidebook guru

Lonely Planet co-founder and author, Tony Wheeler, has visited more than 150 countries — so 
he should have packing down to a fine art. In our regular series, he shares his bare essentials for any trip

Spain: Hotel Arts Barcelona

The perfect beachside location, a slick design ethos and luxury in spades... It’s little wonder this contemporary five-star number towers above other hotels in the city. Alicia Hart is impressed

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

Then and now: what has changed in travel?

When High Life launched in 1973, travel to some of today’s holiday hot spots was unappealing, risky or impossible, says The Independent’s senior travel editor, Simon Calder

High Life at 500

All great institutions need a creation myth; here’s former editor Mark Jones on High Life’s

High Life’s most iconic covers

As High Life celebrates its 500th issue this month, we look back at some of our favourite covers from the past 42 years

Dave Cornthwaite: top five adventure videos

The English adventurer, writer and filmmaker picks five of his most thrilling videos from his travels around the world

Dave Cornthwaite: five adventures for under £500

Dave Cornthwaite quit his job to skateboard across Australia. Since then he has pedalled a tandem bicycle from Vancouver to Las Vegas, paddleboarded the Mississippi River and trekked across the Atacama Desert... all on a budget. Here he suggests five bold, brilliant breaks that anyone can do — and that won’t cost the earth

High Life 500: the way we travel in 2015

For three weeks, readers hashtagged their Instagram photos #highlife500 in a bid to showcase who the modern traveller is, where they’re going and what they’re doing. While not entirely scientific, the results form a curious snapshot of our travelling lives today. James Wallman elaborates

Six spas with killer views

You could choose to zone out during your next massage — but why would you want to, when there are views as good as these on offer? From rooftop relaxation in Ibiza to an open-fronted lodge in the heart of Kenya, choose one of these spas to treat all of your senses, says Hannah Hudson

The topsy-turvy travel planner: Iceland for snorkellers

Travel from a different angle. This month, swimming between two continental plates of North America and Eurasia in Iceland

On the run: a global guide to marathons

Travel the globe, catch the sights — and race a marathon. Long-distance tourists are seeing the world 26.2 miles at a time, and exploring the greatest cities and sites from a unique perspective in the space of three or four (or more) hours. Gershon Portnoi reports on the best and most iconic races on the circuit

The new Ice Age: 10 Icelandic creatives to look out for

As Bjork, queen of creativity in Iceland, turns 50 in November, Issy D’Arcy Clark takes a sneak peak at the other up-and-coming kooky islanders who might be poised to steal her crown, from creators of psychedelic knitwear and minimal techno to surrealist graffiti artists

Pilot Q&A: First Officer Joel Garabedian, A320 fleet

First Officer Joel Garabedian on how fate led him to pursue a career in flying

Six of the world’s best coffee capitals

A city may have awesome architecture, drool-worthy dinners and lovely locals, but what does that matter if you can’t get a good cup of joe? Executive director of Workshop Coffee Co., James Dickson, has travelled the world in pursuit of the perfect cup. Here he shares the places that really know their beans

Ten of this winter’s most exciting resorts (and when to visit them)

Even the most dedicated powder hounds know that there’s more to a ski holiday than just carving up the slopes. From comedy and culinary festivals to ice climbing and hot air ballooning, here are Gabriella Le Breton’s top tips for which resorts are particularly hot this winter — and when it’s best to visit them

12 of Europe’s most curious Christmas Markets

Think all Christmas Markets are the same? Think again. From touring Santa’s bedroom to mastering the principals of feng shui, there’s a whole world of al fresco festive retail out there. Issy D’Arcy Clark picks on for each day of Christmas

Festive fare: the enduring appeal of Christmas markets

Christmas markets offer a welcome break from the usual global consumerism, says Feargus O’Sullivan

On the road with… Ella Eyre

British singer songwriter Ella Eyre talks rock ‘n’ roll nights out, her rider requests, and raucous crowds

60 second interview: Richard Thompson

With a career spanning more than 40 years the legendary folk songwriter is back with a new album, ‘Still’. Here, he touches on his career so far and why he’s a rebel at heart

A cool guide to Reykjavik

With eye-popping architecture, seriously good food and a no-holds-barred party scene, Reykjavik packs a serious punch for one of the world’s smallest capitals. Alice Tate meets its most creative residents (and some international bloggers) to find out what’s cool in the Icelandic capital

Five hotels with museums and galleries attached

From secret naval museums to modern works of art, you don’t have to leave the lobby for a cultural fix at these hotels, says Matt Hutson

Spain: Hotel Miramar, Barcelona

Just a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of Barcelona, this gloriously revamped palace is the very definition of tranquility. Katie Gatens is full of praise

Greece: Kassandra Bay Resort and Spa, Skiathos

A peaceful resort on one of Greece’s greenest islands makes for the perfect sunshine-filled family break, says Bryony Coleman

Ten of the best wild swims

From secluded Icelandic pools to underground swimming holes in Mexico, Kate Rew, director of the Outdoor Swimming Society, picks her ultimate spots for wild swimming

Food from the fjords: Magnus Nilsson’s The Nordic cookbook

This new book by Swedish super chef Magnus Nilsson will effortlessly guide you through the best of Nordic cuisine

Portugal: Vila Vita Parc, Algarve

Looking for luxury in the Algarve? With its dreamy spa, award-winning restaurant, tropical gardens and secluded beach, this seaside oasis has something for everyone, says Hannah Hudson

Jenson Button: my life in travel

The British Formula One driver on his favourite European road trips, tips for beating jet lag, and what he gets up to in Singapore (when he’s not on the track)

Restaurant review: Les Remparts at La Chèvre D’Or, Eze, France

With magnificent views of the Mediterranean and a stunning medieval village setting, can the food at the La Chèvre D’Or’s restaurant live up to its surroundings? Lucy King finds out

All through the night: 24-hour cities

As London’s Tube prepares to run round-the-clock, author William Boyd reports on the rise of the 21st-century, 24-hour megacities, while High Life’s global stringers set out to find the true nonstop metropolises which never sleep

Wolfgang Puck’s guide to Istanbul

The internationally acclaimed Austrian-born American chef, restaurateur and TV personality shares his essential guide to Istanbul

Where to eat and drink in Barcelona (according to Instagram)

In this technological day and age, you don’t need a guide book to show you the best places to eat or drink, you just need Instagram. Foodies, tastemakers, tourists and chefs all travel, shoot and share. A well-’grammed eatery is now on par with a queue: you know it’s going to be good. Alice Tate logs on to seek out the city’s best haunts

A guide to Hydra: Greece’s arty island

From Henry Miller to Juergen Teller, the creative set have been attracted to Hydra’s rough-edged beauty and bohemian vibe. Lizzy Wilkinson follows in their footsteps

Peace out for International Peace Day

Ahead of International Peace Day on 21 September, we take a look at the numbers behind the day that is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace

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 new fashion capitals

As the world’s most stylish cities gear up for a month of SS16 fashion weeks, it’s easy to forget that London, New York, Milan and Paris aren’t the only destinations with serious fashion credentials. Lizzy Wilkinson scopes out four alternative cities that should be on any fashion lover’s radar

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

Raymond Blanc: my life in travel

Our favourite French chef Raymond Blanc reveals how he travels when he’s away from Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxford

City hot spot: Leopoldstadt, Vienna

Vienna’s second district — a former Jewish quarter now twinned with Brooklyn — is having its moment thanks to a food revival, some outstanding art and a social conscience

The Queen: a life in travel

She’s travelled to 116 countries through the jet age, the space age and now into the digital age, but still doesn’t own (or need) a passport. Ahead of 9 September, when Queen Elizabeth II will become Great Britain’s longest-serving monarch, Nick Curtis looks back at a very regal life of travel

On the road with… James Bay

The English singer and songwriter talks about his life on tour, from headlining highs in Montreal to meeting Eric Clapton at the airport

Spain: Castell D’Emporda, Girona

Forget echoing corridors and vast drafty rooms. This castle-turned-boutique hotel in the stunning Catalonian countryside is more like a home away from home. Katie Gatens checks in

Paul van Dyk’s ultimate guide to Berlin

The legendary Grammy Award-winning DJ shares his top tips for where to drink, dance and get off the beaten track in his hometown

Weekend break: Geneva

Though one of the smallest cities in the world, Geneva packs in luxury shopping, superb restaurants, spas and mountains views — and all just an hour’s flight away. Perfect for a weekend break, says Alice Tate

Five hotels in historic buildings

Hidden behind a Gothic church, housed in a former bank and a building that MI6 used during in World War II… these unique hotels are all about original design, striking architecture and old world charm

Bruno DiFabio: the art (and science) of pizza making

The six-time World Pizza Championship winner is a legend in the USA, with ten artisan pizzerias across the pond. Now he’s bringing his craft to London with NY Fold. Anisha Patel meets the master pizzaiolo and self-confessed pizza geek to find out what makes a great slice

Greece: Grace Hotel, Santorini

A staggering infinity pool, cool minimalist interiors and impeccable service, this picture-perfect hotel is pure paradise says Laury Smith. Not to mention those Santorini sunsets…

The topsy-turvy travel planner: Munich for surfers

Travel from a different angle. This month, urban surfing in Munich’s rivers

Greece: Grand Resort Lagonissi, Athens

It might be minutes from Athens, but this blissful hideaway feels a million miles away — so it’s little wonder it draws such a glamorous crowd. Bryony Coleman joins them

Spain: Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel and Spa, Mallorca

The Spanish island has shrugged off the lazy tourist clichés of previous decades, not least with the arrival of such a luxury big hitter. Sophy Grimshaw is impressed

Portugal: The Yeatman Hotel, Porto

A wine hotel in the charming city of Porto… what’s not to like about The Yeatman? Angelina Villa-Clarke soaks it up

On the road with... Fatboy Slim

The British DJ, musician and record producer talks about life on tour, from raucous English fans to visiting his spiritual home in Ibiza

Keith’s connections: Stockholm and Gothenburg

Our regular column by a frequent flyer*. This month, why Sweden is home to two of the great summer cities of the world

Six of the world’s craziest golf courses

Who said greens had to come with club houses and hotels attached to them? Tim Southwell, founder and CEO of, picks six unconventional — and sometimes plain wacky — golf courses

Seven of the best home away from home hotels

Honesty kitchens, cosy communal living rooms and pillows that are just right… Hannah Hudson tracks down the best places for a ‘home suite home’ break

Five reasons to go to Salzburg

British Airways has been flying from London Gatwick to Salzburg for nearly nine years. Thinking about visiting this winter? Now's the book. Here's why...

Six cool shopping experiences in Amsterdam

The often-overlooked streets of Herenstraat and Prinsenstraat are brimming with hip boutiques and cool concept stores. Forget the tulips and the Gouda, says Alice Tate, and fill your suitcase with goodies from these original shops instead

John Simpson: Letter from Bucharest

What the world’s most famous correspondent gets up to off duty. This month: adventures in Bucharest

Vienna: the rise of the ply-scraper

Why the development of timber skyscrapers — or ‘plyscrapers’ — are the next big thing in eco-friendly construction

City hot spot: Aalborg, Denmark

Converted by Copenhagen and ready to discover more Danish cities? The rapidly transforming port of Aalborg is a great place to start, discovers Suzanne King

Viktor Tsoi: Russia’s fallen rock star

The little-known rock hero of Russia died tragically in a car crash 25 years ago — but his spirit lives on through street art in St Petersburg and Russia

Political bites: where the world’s leaders lunch

They might get ridiculed for their unusual public eating habits, but that’s not to say that the world’s presidents and prime ministers don’t have good taste. Lauren Steventon reveals where the most powerful people refuel between budget meetings and political summits

The last political taboo: politicians and their holidays

Forget the sleaze years, the expenses scandal, and the policy u-turns — the biggest faux pas for MPs? Taking a holiday... Where they go, how often, and their holiday wardrobes are all lightning rods for criticism. Nick Curtis on the minefield that is politicians’ holidays

Austria: Melia Vienna

With slick minimalist design, unbeatable city views and a restaurant that’s a destination in its own right, this lofty hotel is the perfect base from which to explore Austria’s capital. Lucy King is impressed

Seven hot holidays deals on our radar

The latest savings and discounts from British Airways Holidays

Switzerland: Wellness and Spa Hotel Ermitage Schonried, Gstaad

With spellbinding views of snow-capped peaks, a serene spa and plenty of Swiss charm, this stylish hotel is perfect for an escape in the mountains, says Ianthe Butt

Global tribes: The Vatican’s footballing priests

The global groups, trends and subcultures you may not know about. This month, the priests of Vatican City who like to lace up their football boots

Turkey: The St. Regis Istanbul

The hotel brand’s sumptuous first Turkish outpost sets itself a new standard of luxury and service, as Ruth Metzstein finds

Santorini: an insider’s guide

British Airways now has direct flights from London City airport to Santorini — the Greek island of white-washed villages, impossibly azure seas and, of course, glorious caldera sunsets. Laury Smith is swept away

On the road with... Gary Barlow

The British singer and songwriter talks about life on tour, from big nights out in Germany to his first tour in Japan with Take That

The highs and highers of the Tour de France

It’s one of the toughest races in the world covering more than 2,000 miles in 21 days. This year’s Tour de France will once again push contestants to the limit, with seven mountain stages, four of them in the French Alps. Gavin Green gets on his bike and experiences the gruelling course first hand

Bradley Wiggins on cycling in Europe

The Tour de France champion and Olympic Gold medallist on why Majorca is his favourite cycling destination, his favourite climb in Provence, and the challenges of competing in the world’s most famous cycling race

The battle of two titans: Italy vs Spain

When it comes to the arts, Spain has often been overshadowed by Italy’s rich heritage and innate elegance. It’s about time, says Mark Jones, to take a fresh look at the cultural highpoints and natural splendour of these two nations and reconsider what they can offer

Nine luxury hotels where pets are welcome

When it comes to holidays, why should you get all the indulgence? From dog butlers to pooch passports, Hannah Hudson reveals the hotel’s promising to give your furry friend the VIP — that’s Very Important Pet — treatment

12 of the world’s most curious tiny islands

Not all islands are tropical paradises. From a Mexican atoll where dolls hang from trees to a Japanese isle where cats outnumber humans, Katherine Price finds that some are just plain weird

Paris: Hotel Lumen

Moments from the Metro, museums and must-visit designer boutiques, Katie Gatens make this compact-but-cool hotel her base to explore the City of Light

Eight unexpected Greek islands

With only a fraction of its 6,000 isles known to travellers, Greece is still one of the most under-explored places in Europe. Encountering a different side to the country, Katie Gatens discovers mythological graffiti, holistic healing and the ancient remains of wild dwarf elephants

Street art in the Algarve

Step away from the golf course and beaches. The Algarve is fast becoming an unlikely hub for street art in Portugal

City hot spot: St Johann, Basel

If you’re in town for Art Basel, consider a detour to this on-the-up neighbourhood. Primarily a residential area and famous for its park, 
a slew of new openings means that St Johann is having a moment

DJ John Digweed: eight of the best clubbing capitals

The British DJ and record producer gives us his inside track into the world’s coolest partying destinations

Germany: Hotel Am Steinplatz, Berlin

If you’re after stylish and slick rather than achingly hip, this is the boutique hotel for you. And it has all the ingredients for a celebratory weekend away, as Kate Chambers discovers

Lisbon: a tapas tour with Nuno Mendes and Jose Avillez

Since its launch, the Chiltern Firehouse has garnered more press interest than the celebrities who flock there every night. However it’s the restaurant’s Michelin-starred ‘genius’, Nuno Mendes, who is really the star — and his passion for food started at home in Portugal. Zoe Williams accompanies him, along with the city’s own super-chef José Avillez, on a tapas tour of Lisbon

Beyond the boundary: eight curious cricket grounds

It’s not always about gleaming whites and village greens. From Ethiopia to a frozen lake in Estonia, Matt Hutson rounds up eight unexpected venues that have hosted an innings

Keith’s Connections: Copenhagen

Our regular column by a frequent flyer*. This month, memories of Copenhagen

Austria: Hotel Lamée, Vienna

A heady mix of Viennese charm and old school Hollywood glamour at this polished hotel will satisfy even the most discerning guests. Ruth Metzstein soaks up the cosmopolitan atmosphere

France: Les Sources de Caudalie, Bordeaux

Check into this gloriously revamped estate in the idyllic winemaking area of Bordeaux and you won’t want to leave, promises Kate Chambers

Germany: Sofitel Berlin Kurfurstendamm

On-trend, reliable and luxurious, this German outpost of the Sofitel brand ticks all the right boxes. So please don’t be put off by the fact it’s part of a chain, says Sophy Grimshaw

The world’s best villas

An abode in Death Valley, a converted kiln and a palatial property costing £18,000 a night... Issy D’Arcy Clark scours the globe for one-off wonders

Spain: Asia Gardens, Alicante

With its lush gardens, chilled-out vibe and Thai-style spa, it might take you a while to adjust to the fact you’re in Alicante, not southeast Asia — as Faris Mustafa discovers

Italy: Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan

Italy’s fashion capital isn’t short of haute couture hotels. But with glamorous interiors, a bar that’s a magnate for the fash pack, and cars to whisk you to and from Milan’s boutiques, this Belle Époque hotel is a top choice, as Issy D’Arcy Clark discovers

Walk this way: five new places to take a hike

From a hair-raising hike in Malaga to Chicago’s answer to the High Line, here is our guide to the world’s best new walking trail

Life in close-up with adventure cameraman Keith Partridge

No location has been too dangerous, no environment too wild... For two decades, cameraman Keith Partridge has worked on films like ‘Touching the Void’, creating astonishing images that have defined our planet. He talks to Ianthe Butt about his adventures at the ends of the earth

Welcome to the new-look High Life website

Notice something different? We’re in the process of having a bit of makeover… take a look around and discover what’s new

A stylish guide to Milan

Fashion writer Kati Chitrakorn shares her insider’s guide to the Italian fashion capital’s coolest shops, restaurants, bars and hotels

Franca Sozzani: Milan’s style maven

Once the undisputed agenda setter, Italian fashion has been accused of becoming safe, predictable and bland. Not so, says legendary ‘Vogue Italia’ editor, Franca Sozzani. 
Emine Saner meets the woman masterminding an Italian renaissance

Five hotels for fashion lovers

Bed down in style at these haute hotels around the world

Europe’s new free-wheeling cities

Copenhagen and Amsterdam may be the obvious contenders, but there are also some less likely European cities are rolling out bike share schemes and cycle lanes to encourage two-wheeled travel, says Rachel Howard

Weekend break: Kos

British Airways’ new Greek island route is tucked in the sunniest corner of the Aegean. Marc Dubin shows you how to make the most of your time in the sun in just 48 hours

Five Croatian islands to visit from Split

Croatia’s dramatic Dalmatian Coast is home to thousands of islands that are bathed in sunshine and surrounded by the sparkling Adriatic. Overwhelmed by the choice? Don’t worry — Eleanor Ross has done the legwork for you

On the road with… Jamie Jones

The producer and DJ talks about his life on tour, from his first gig abroad in Mexico to partying with P. Diddy in Miami

Ten music festivals you can’t miss in 2015

Looking for a festi-holiday abroad this year? From new kids on the block and old favourites to international expansions, Ianthe Butt rounds up ten of 2015’s finest

Europe’s most curious beers

Seawater, smoky bacon and spicy chillies… craft beer expert Daniel Neilson takes a boozy crawl around Europe’s most innovative breweries that are using unlikely ingredients to create quirky pints

On the edge: Europe’s best border towns

Looking for a new way to travel around Europe? Head to its borders, where you’ll find towns that are vibrant melting pots of cultures with distinct identities of their own. Best of all? All you need is one flight to tick two or more countries off your list

Yodelling in the Austrian Alps

The hills are alive... with the sound of yodelling? Yes — in Austria’s Tyrolean Alps, this decidedly unhip, traditional skill is undergoing a renaissance. A nervous Mark Jones dons his Lederhosen, clears his throat and hits a Heidi high

Europe’s best spring-sun breaks

From Split to Sardinia, spring is the perfect time to start sun seeking in Europe — plus you’ll miss the mass-tourist summer crowds. Suzanne King gives us the lowdown on seven of the best

Sardinia: five beaches to escape the crowds

Italians believe that Sardinia has their best beaches — and with good reason. But if you want to avoid the ever-popular Emerald Coast, which attracts celebrities and billionaires by the yacht load, there are still some off-the-beaten track stretches of sand with plenty of towel space

The most magnificent places in the world to read a book

From a library hidden in the forests of Beijing to the Cuban literary haunt of Ernest Hemingway, here are the world’s best spots for bibliophiles to indulge in a spot of reading

Five of the best hotels in Dalaman

With secluded bays and sparkling waters, Turkey’s aptly named Turquoise Coast has something for every type of traveller — including the perfect luxury hotels

Off-season travel: Friedrichshafen 
in summer

Daniel Neilson goes off-piste and shares his tips for visiting Friedrichshafen in summer

On the road with… Flight Facilities’ Jimmy Lyell

One half of the Australian electronic outfit reveals his highlights of touring the world, from die-hard fans in Mexico to big nights out in Berlin

Six of the best fashion boutiques in Istanbul

Shopping in Istanbul isn’t all about the Grand Bazaar. With a vibrant youth scene, the city is also home to an emerging group of conceptual designers and minimalist boutiques, says Katie Gatens

Krakow’s jazz clubs

Louise Johnson takes a look at the thriving post-Soviet jazz scene in Poland’s second city

Greece: Hiding out with Anafi’s hipsters

The sun-worshippers read French philosophers and bus-drivers 
rock out to the Velvet Underground — is Anafi too cool for school, 
or the thinking person’s Greek paradise? Feargus O’Sullivan explores the Cyclades’ little-known ‘hipster island’

Europe’s second cities

Swap London for Brighton, Lyon for Avignon, Amsterdam for Leiden and Copenhagen for Malmö. Simon Calder travels away from the main hubs to discover the handsome, historic and ancient destinations a short trip in the other direction

Five of the world’s most extreme runs

From dizzying Himalayan altitudes to a 24-hour race against the clock in the Lake District, endurance athlete Lizzy Hawker picks the world’s most adventurous running trails

Six ways to get back to nature in Crete

Blessed with a warm sunny climate and fertile soils, Crete is known for its unspoilt rural surroundings. Jane Foster suggests checking into one of its many farm guesthouses to start reconnecting with Mother Nature

Five of the best places to think in Bilbao

Bilbao is Spain’s unofficial capital of clever for 2015, with major conferences on nanotechnology, Artificial Intelligence Systems and thought itself. Here are five places to exercise the grey matter in and around the city, says Trevor Baker

Europe: 16 degrees of separation

Forget six degrees: 16 degrees of latitude separate British Airways’ new European hotspots, from 28° to 44° North

Portugal: Fazenda Nova, Algarve

Set amidst almond and pomegranate orchards, this secluded country house brings a touch of chic sophistication to eastern Algarve, says Harriet Green

Around the world… on one wheel

We meet the British teenager who has just set off on a mission to travel the world on a unicycle

Israel: The Ritz-Carlton Herzliya, Tel Aviv

Overlooking a sleek marina just north of Tel Aviv, this new design hotel packs a memorable punch in both service and amenities, says Matthew Teller

Three of the best hotels in Madeira

With an excellent year-round climate, Madeira — a new route for BA from May 2015 — is perfect for winter sun chasers. But it’s also home to some seriously stylish hotels. Here are British Airways Holidays’ top picks

Now, new, next: Horticultural holidays

Turn over a new leaf and try one of these green-fingered gardening escapes, says Ianthe Butt

Florence: shop like a local

As their book on shopping in the Tuscan capital is released, Louise Fili and Lise Apatoff share their little black book of where Florentines flock to for a spot of retail therapy, from foodie markets to fragrance boutiques

Seven unmissable new train journeys

A new generation of train journeys — from high-speed to high-end — are creating a revived buzz for the mode of travel. Here are seven that should be on your radar for 2015 and beyond

Switzerland: Château Gütsch, Lucerne

With sweeping views over Lake Lucerne, spruced-up interiors and a top-notch restaurant, this magical hilltop castle is the stuff of modern fairy tales, says Ianthe Butt

Italy: Eremito, Umbria

Kate Chambers leaves her gadgets at home for a Wi-Fi-free escape at this aesthetic Italian sanctuary with a distinctly ascetic vibe

Where to ski in and around Friedrichshafen

There are more than 250 ski resorts within a three-hour drive of Friedrichshafen — and more than a dozen within an hour. But don’t worry about trawling through the entire list — Daniel Neilson has done the legwork for you

France: Prince de Galles, Paris

It might be pricey, but for a one-off blow out, fashionistas looking for a spot of retail therapy will love this A-list hotel’s stylish interiors and easy access to the Golden Triangle’s designer boutiques, says Laury Smith

Helsinki: trail of the unexpected

Launched as a culinary experiment, Restaurant Day has become a worldwide carnival with 2,000 restaurants popping up in over 30 countries — and transforming its birthplace of Helsinki. 
Mark Bosworth joins the food revolution

City hot spot: La Alameda, Seville

The once downtrodden neighbourhood is experiencing a new lease of life, thanks to a slew of cool tapas bars, cafe-cum-art spaces and independent boutiques. Esme Fox gives us the lowdown

On the road with... Mark Ronson

The producer and DJ on his musical inspirations, discovering Paris with his wife and chocolate-hurling fans

On the road with Idris Elba

When the actor and self-confessed petrolhead took a 72-hour road trip, Craig McLean went along for the ride — from F1 racing in Belgium to a DJ set in Berlin

Weekend break: Warsaw

The historic Polish capital is the cultural heart of the country — and compact enough to digest on a short break. Alice Tate shows you how to pack the best of Warsaw into just 48 hours

Podcast: Hardeep Singh Kohli in Tel Aviv

The writer and broadcaster guides you through Tel Aviv’s streets, exploring its cafe culture and restaurants, and meeting its creative residents

Tel Aviv: where to eat

There’s no denying that Tel Aviv is the culinary capital of Israel. Hardeep Singh Kohli fills his plate at five of its best restaurants and cafes

Tel Aviv: Living the vegan loca

The latest culinary trend to sweep the land of milk and honey is total abstinence from both. Veganism is taking off in Israel like nowhere else on the planet. Hardeep Singh Kohli reports

Now, new, next: Costly concert halls

Richard Mellor reports on the growing trend for music venues with blockbuster budgets

Greece: Nikki Beach Resort and Spa, Porto Heli

With jet-set crowds, dazzling white interiors and idyllic beach venue, this Greek retreat ticks all the Nikki Beach boxes — but this one is a bit more of a grown-up affair, says Lena Corner

Five ways to enjoy Tenerife’s South American vibe

It may lie off the coast of Africa and belong to Spain, but after generations of migration to and from countries such as Brazil, Venezuela and Cuba, Tenerife’s heart beats to a Latin drum, says Andrea Montgomery

Nine alternatives to the Rio Carnival

Because we can’t all be in Rio de Janeiro for the world’s largest street party, here are nine other places that will be getting into the carnival spirit this month

A style blogger’s guide to Tel Aviv’s best shops

Leading Israeli men’s fashion blogger Eyal de Leeuw is more than clued into Tel Aviv’s style scene. He gives us the lowdown on the city’s best shops

A stylish guide to Bilbao

Bilbao’s design revolution didn’t end with the Guggenheim Museum. Pati Baiges takes us on a tour of her hometown’s best boutiques, restaurants and bars

Holiday like a local: Turkey’s Datça Peninsula

This finger of olive grove studded rock – a three-hour drive from Dalaman – is where in-the-know Istanbulites escape for peace and quiet. Terry Richardson lists five reasons to go before the masses descend

Fuerteventura: five unexpected sights

The second-largest Canary Island has some of Europe’s most spectacular, white sand beaches, well known to surf dudes and sun seekers. But move away from Fuerteventura’s coast and there are things you might never have thought to see

Greece’s best boutique beds

With crystal clear waters and aquamarine skies, it’s hard to beat Greece for summer sunshine. Sarah Jackson, travel expert at boutique hotel specialist Mr & Mrs Smith, picks her favourite island escapes

Seven reasons why Bodrum is Turkey’s answer to the French Riviera

With a rise in luxury hotels, the revival of a celebrity-studded club and yacht-lined marinas, Bodrum is rivaling the French Riviera in the glam stakes, says Lydia Bell

France: Le Käila, Méribel

With a top-notch spa and unpretentious Michelin-starred food, Méribel’s first and only five-star hotel is just the ticket for style-conscious snow lovers looking for an alternative to a chalet, says Issy D’Arcy Clark

Six ways to see the real Corfu

There is more to this Greek island than just beaches. Rachel Howard reveals the places to stay, eat and swim like a local

Five places to visit on the Baltic coast

Nick Curtis lists five unmissable hotspots along the Baltic coast

The forgotten beauty of the Baltic coast

Once the playground of fascist leaders and Eastern Bloc apparatchiks, the German Baltic was then ignored for decades. Now it's playing catch up with the hip coastlines of Denmark and Sweden, writes Nick Curtis

Lisbon: A digitally-sourced travel guide

Ianthe Butt eschews the guidebook and takes to the streets of Lisbon with only Twitter, Tinder and Field Trip apps on a smartphone to guide her….

Istanbul: Raffles

With its well-connected location and truly excellent Michelin-starred food the new Raffles in Istanbul will feed your need for culture just as well as your appetite, says Caroline Egan

The High Life Hot List 2015

Our panel of travel-obsessed experts votes for the most intriguing cities, the emptiest beaches and the hottest hotels

London theatre: Christmas treats

Nine London shows to make you glow with festive spirit this winter

Hot list 2015: best for families

Jane Anderson, editor of Family Traveller magazine, picks the best and brightest for the whole brood

Hot list 2015: the views you haven’t seen yet

Post social media, are all of our most popular, perfectly filtered travel snaps starting to look the same? Photographer and Instagram star Kirsten Alana gives her tips for a few views you won’t see everywhere

Hot list 2015: the cities to visit

The most exciting cities to mingle in, explore or simply go back to in the New Year

Hot list 2015: new hotels

The new openings we're excited about in 2015, from Euro-cool city pads to luxe tropical getaways

Hot list 2015: the best adventures

There’s adventure to be had from America to the Middle East, but which adrenaline rush is for you?

Hot list 2015: foodie destinations

Eating is as much a part of our travel wishlist as views and culture – but where will you find 2015’s best bites?

Hot list 2015: where to catch your breath

It’s not all about head-spinning adventures and rush hour cities next year — here’s where to do nothing

Hot list 2015: the best beaches

Unwind, swim, dive or dig on these exceptional bays, chosen by the experts

10 of the best vegetarian restaurants in Paris

As she releases her book Vegetarian Paris, writer Aurelia d'Andrea picks ten of the best restaurants for herbivores in the City of Light

18 London shops American visitors will love

For an American visitor to London, shopping can easily turn into shuffling from one tourist trap to the next. But this is a city full of unique shopping opportunities, from bustling food markets to fashion-as-art galleries, says Stephanie Sasso

The world’s best sailing destinations

Eddie Warden Owen, CEO of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, gives us the lowdown on the best places to go sailing, whether you’re a first timer or a seasoned pro

Six of the best new UK adventures

Adventurer Alastair Humphreys popularised the term ‘micro-adventure’ for short trips that pack an adrenaline punch. Are you up for trying any of these new options around the UK?

Weekend Break: Seville

The sun shines 295 days a year in Seville, and it’s packed with culture and photo opportunities. Sound good? Alice Tate packs the best of the city into three days

Six ways to do Bonfire Night in the UK

Bonfire Night marks a curious event — the failed attempt of a group of revolutionaries to blow up London’s Houses of Parliament. It’s still celebrated all across the UK, with locals wrapping up warm to watch enormous firework displays. Here are six bonfire hot spots to get into the spirit

What to do in London this month

Mini itineraries for what's new, hot and interesting in London this month, whether you have 7, 12 or 24 hours to spare

The ultimate ski guide 2014/15

Looking for a family-friendly ski holiday this winter? How about a foodie snow escape, or a party resort for a group trip? We count down the best resorts in the Pyrenees, Alps, Rockies and Andes

Snow way: eight extreme skiing experiences

Fancy getting vertigo in the world's highest ski lift? Or how about skiing in the desert? Felice Hardy gives us the vital stats on the global ski scene

Six ways to see the real Bologna

With an authentic food scene you can get involved in and relaxing out of town retreats, Bologna is a feast for the senses, says Caroline Egan

London trend: immersive theatre in unusual places

Site-specific theatre is all the rage in London at the moment, from modern Shakespeare stagings to performances in city landmarks. Edward Lukes picks five of the best

The off-season family travel guide

With a bit of imagination, you can escape the crowds – and avoid high prices. Francesca Syz and our weatherman Paul Simons find the best alternative destinations for every school holiday

10 of the best: Scandinavia in London

Ahead of the Ja Ja Ja festival of Nordic music and food descending on London this November, Sophy Grimshaw picks London’s best Scandinavian outposts

12 of the UK's best ice rinks

This is the time of year when festive ice rinks pop up all over the country, some in unusually scenic spots. Alexandra Groom gets her skates on

Five of the best luxury London cinemas

Forget long queues, bad snacks and sticky floors — the next generation of super-cinemas is leading the way in London

The best place in the world to... an alien, become a millionaire, get hitched, do nothing... Whatever it is, there's an ideal spot for it. But, finds Simon Usborne, you may be surprised where you end up

Croatia: Adriana Hvar Spa Hotel

With marina views, a lovely rooftop terrace and spa-like rooms to unwind in, The Adriana is a fabulous base on the Croatian island of Hvar, says Alice Tate

Off-season travel: October half term

For glorious scenery and a sense of adventure on your October half term holiday, Montenegro's beaches and Turkey's ancient sites await

Off-season family travel: summer holidays

Abandon the packed beach resorts next summer school holiday in favour of some Swedish style, Latvian living or Indian adventure

Off-season family travel: May half term

For families looking for a n off-season adventure during the Easter school holidays, the Dominican Republic, Mauritius and Rhodes should be on your radar

Off-season family travel: Easter holidays

From skiing in Canada to history in ancient European cities, there's plenty to learn in the Easter holidays

Off-season family travel: February half term

We pick the best off-season travel hot spots for a February family holiday, avoiding the crowds and still soaking up some good weather

The ultimate ski guide: the Alps

Felice Hardy picks seven of the best ski resorts in the Alps, for every type of snow holiday

The ultimate ski guide: the Pyrenees

Felice Hardy picks four of the best ski resorts in the Pyrenees, for every type of snow holiday

Mykonos: Santa Marina Resort and Villas

Angelina Villa-Clarke travels to Mykonos and finds contemporary Greek design, inspiring cuisine and discreet service at Santa Marina resort

Five of the best Ibiza closing parties

It couldn't last forever — the Ibiza party season winds down this month with some of the best line-ups on the island. Here's where to bid a suitably decadent farewell to summer 2014

Marbella: a tale of two cities

From Ava Gardner and the jet set to The Only Way is Essex tribe, Marbella (or Marbs) has seen some sights in the last 60 years

Five things to do in Paris when it's sunny

It's a city of indoor pursuits — museums, galleries, world-class shopping — but summer offers a chance to enjoy the very landscape of Paris and some of its simplest pleasures, says Lucy Thackray

Five of Mallorca's best restaurants

Whether it's a fine dining twist on traditional Mallorcan food, hearty homemade tapas or surf-inspired, pan-Pacific cuisine, Mallorca has all the ingredients for a foodie road trip, says Katie Gatens

Malta: a rocky ride for adventure travellers

Newly shaking off its image as a destination for an older crowd, Malta has become an activity and adventure hub for eager climbers and kayakers

Portugal's best beaches

Quiet and sheltered, noisy and urban, natural and wild... with 1,000km of coast, Portugal has it all when it comes to beaches. John Burbage reports

Six reasons to take the family to Nice

This French Riviera city still drips with classy Mediterranean culture and upscale shopping and dining, but the scene has changed drastically within the last couple of years, with more activities and areas devoted to its smaller visitors, says Tamsin Wressell

Annie Mac: my Ibiza

Ahead of flying there for BBC Radio 1 in Ibiza this weekend, DJ Annie Mac picks her favourite island hangouts

Malaga's best restaurants

It's known as the touching-down point for the glamorous Costa del Sol, but, from chilled out Golden Mile hangouts to city-centre leaders, the food scene in and around this Andalucian city is developing fast. Lucy Thackray reports

Five of the best beaches in Ibiza

Not just for those that like to party hard, the island of Ibiza offers a range of beaches for sunseekers looking for seclusion, a family base or even a day trip

Portugal: Altis Belem Hotel and Spa, Lisbon

This striking design hotel tells the story of Portugal's Golden Age of Discovery, and does it with flair, says Mary Lussiana

Five notable places in London's musical history

Vlogger Jimmy Hill discovers five places in London that are etched into musical history and visits the epic Isle of Wight music festival

Five rising stars on London's fashion scene

When it comes to emerging talent, London's fashion scene is world renowned. So who are the ones to watch? Five of the capital's leading designers champion a new star

Two hours from London: Porto

Historic, charm-filled Porto is just a two-hour flight from London. Chris Leadbeater gives his tips for making the most of the city

John Simpson: Letter from Ypres

The land seems so rich here, the fields so green. You could drive here every day and never guess what it once looked like: those splintered trees pointing at the sky, that moon-cratered battlefield. Even at its very worst, life was never far away. During the rare moments of silence, birds would start singing. In April 1919, just after the Armistice, there were buds on most of the trees.

Vending machine cuisine in Amsterdam

Burgers from a vending machine? Not quite what blogger Nadine Sykora bargained for when she took a foodie trip to Amsterdam...

Mykonos: six of the best beaches

The beaches of Mykonos all come with their own individual personalities, from the secluded to the vivacious, says Tamsin Wressell

The new Malta

The Mediterranean paradise of Malta has cast off its image as a retirement home for Brits. Simon Calder visits a thriving metropolitan nation with a future as bright as its past is illustrious

Lisbon: Four Seasons Hotel Ritz

With a superb art collection and a real flavour of the region, the prestigious Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon does not disappoint, says Mary Lussiana

10 of the world's most scenic marathons

Not all marathons are run on concrete and follow a city circuit. Some take you across arctic glaciers, over desert plains and through some of the most spectacular scenery the world has to offer, says Harriet Letherbarrow

Dan Snow in the Dolomites

The extreme conditions that made the Dolomites one of the worst places in history to do battle are also what makes it one of the best places to see relics from the Great War today. To mark the centenary of the start of the conflict, Dan Snow tells the tale of the friends and neighbours forced to fight at 10,000ft

Your Malta calendar

Beer festivals, huge gigs and a traditional carnival — Malta knows how to throw a party. Here are some of its best

Five unusual ways to see Gibraltar

Author Thomas Mogford's novel series is set in the unique region of Gibraltar. Here he shares five secret spots to get under the skin of the destination

Santorini: in search of the lost city of Atlantis

Was the ancient town of Akrotiri on Santorini, which was obliterated by a volcanic eruption in 1600BC, the inspiration for Plato's sophisticated but doomed city of Atlantis? William Cook visits

Santorini: need to know

The best spots to eat, swim, island hop to and try the island's distinctive local wines

Five of the best one-artist museums

See your favourite artist's greatest hits, all under one roof. Lucy Thackray picks five of the world's best one-artist galleries

Five great stops on a road trip along Mallorca's west coast

Stunning panoramas from winding hairpin bends along the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, quaint seaside towns and hidden shingle bays... Mallorca's west coast is ideal for a four-wheel adventure, says Katie Gatens

Five of the best boutique hotels in Santorini

British Airways now has direct flights to Santorini, an island of sugar-cube white architecture, distinctive local wines and black sand beaches. Lucy Thackray picks five hideaways from which to see the island in style

Alain de Botton on art therapy

Art, says Alain de Botton, can be as therapeutic as it is beautiful. The philosopher shows us how with six of his captions for works at Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum

12 of the world’s coolest festivals

Big names, iconic venues, far-flung destinations: Ianthe Butt has the definitive guide to festivals for the year ahead. Time to start zorbing...

Valentine Warner: 10 reasons I love British food

The chef and seasonal food champion talks about the cream of the UK's crops and why he'd rather be drinking cider

Seven reasons to visit Porto

Miles of coastline, outdoor music festivals and an influx of see-and-be-seen bars are drawing a hedonistic crowd to Portugal's second city. Patricia Campbell lists seven reasons to join them

Justin Rose on the world's best golfing destinations

To celebrate The Masters tournament this week, champion golfer Justin Rose, who is currently ranked sixth in the world, recommends his favourite courses from Scotland to South Africa

Benedict Cumberbatch: ice driving in Finland

Benedict Cumberbatch ditches his trademark detective's coat for thermals as he dares to cheat death driving on ice in central Finland. Gavin Green joins him

Malta's clubbing scene

People are constantly claiming that they've found the new Ibiza, but might Malta have it covered? Nick Stevenson reports

New hotels in Paris

Richard Mellor reports on the flurry of cool new hotels that have been opening in Paris

France: Le Mas Candille, Mougins

With its stunning views of the hills and a Michelin-starred restaurant, Le Mas Candille, in the pretty village of Mougins, is well worth a visit, says Tim Lott

10 inspirational women in the history of travel

It's International Women's Day on 8 March, and what better time to remember some of the women who paved the way for our adventures? Lucy Thackray celebrates ten of the best

Five festival dates for your diary

Eleanor Ross lists five international festivals you need to know about, from Portugal to Wisconsin

Open-jaw travel: Charles de Gaulle to Orly

Simon Calder weaves a route through Paris, starting from Charles de Gaulle airport and ending at Orly

Open-jaw travel: Amsterdam and Rotterdam

Simon Calder plays double dutch with a Netherlands trip flying into Amsterdam and out through Rotterdam

Open-jaw travel: Venice to Verona

Simon Calder works out an Italian itinerary with a hint of Shakespeare, flying into Venice and taking in Padua and Verona

Croatia: Europe's new festival hub

The clubbing crowd has spotted the charms of Croatia, and now Split has beaten Ibiza to host electronic music mega-event Ultra Europe. Ianthe Butt joins the party

Istanbul: Ciragan Palace Kempinski Hotel

When it comes to a high-status address in Istanbul, a room in a historic palace is hard to top — but there's more to the Çirağan Palace hotel than its rich history, says Sophy Grimshaw

Oslo: a city break for the whole family

Where else can you combine boat trips with philosophy, art and even an Olympic ski jump? Oslo has it all for a family trip, says Tara King

Restaurant review: Eclectic, Paris

With a Tom Dixon-designed interior, Eclectic serves up simple fare and show-stopping design all day long, says Rooksana Hossenally

City hot spots: Agias Irinis, Athens

Juliet Kinsman goes on a sensory tour of the area around Agias Irinis square in Athens

Designer travel inspirations: Dolce & Gabbana

Designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were born in Sicily and Milan respectively, and met in 1980. Here they talk about how Dolce's Sicilian heritage has inspired their iconic designs

Istanbul: W Istanbul

Well placed for making the most of one of the city's most creative neighbourhoods, the W Hotel Istanbul is sexy and it knows it, says Sophy Grimshaw

Guitars: The Museum opens in Sweden

Sweden sees the opening of Guitars: The Museum, a celebration of all things six-string

Romantic Paris: off the beaten track

It's a Paris city break, but not as you know it. If you've already enjoyed the Eiffel Tower, lingered at the Louvre and marvelled at the Moulin Rouge, you may need to delight your amour with something new. Lucy Thackray offers some inspiration

Focus on: Sochi, Russia

A pleasure hot spot for the masses and a top-class ski resort for the country's power brokers, Sochi is hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Russia's first Formula 1 Grand Prix and the 2018 World Cup. Oliver Bullough explores

Architecture: Moscow's Soviet legacy

If walls could talk... Darragh McKeon takes a wander through Moscow's Soviet-era buildings

City hot spot: Malasana, Madrid

Madrid's hipster quarter has cool terraces, retro homewares and cycling coffee shops. Paul Richardson shares his tips

Russia: Four Seasons Lion Palace, St Petersburg

Opened last summer in St Petersburg's historic Lion Palace, St Petersburg's Four Seasons hotel manages to pull off modern luxury while showcasing its rich history, says Mary Lussiana

Berlin: Q! Hotel

Berlin's Q! Hotel is full of interesting design features and modern touches (plus that all-important bed-bath combination), says Zane Henry

A video guide to Tenerife

High Life's contributing editor Jane Dunford travelled to Tenerife with TravelGuru TV and found stunning landscapes, paragliding and fascinating marine life

The world's best new hotels for 2014

There will be an avalanche of new hotel openings in 2014. Whether it’s boutique, hipster or family-friendly, here are the places you’ll 
be desperate to stay in. 
If you can get a room...

Six of the best London spots for last-minute Christmas shopping

London blogger Jules Pearson minimises your panic with her guide to the best one-stop shops for gifts

Germany's most innovative restaurants

Germany's food scene has doubled its Michelin stars and is now second only to France and Japan for restaurants with three stars. Lucy Thackray dines out in style

Amsterdam: Ambassade Hotel

Charming and idiosyncratic, art and culture are the influences at the Ambassade, Amsterdam. Housed in a 17th century building, it makes for an elegant stay, says Tim Lott

Liberty London Girl’s Perfect Day in Berlin

12 hours, 686 tweets, 12 locations, 1 chocolate plane... Sasha Wilkins, aka Liberty London Girl, takes a trip to Berlin, picking up tips from some of her and BA's 1,885,524* Twitter and Facebook followers along the way

Slow London

London is one of the busiest cities in the world, where everyone seems to be perpetually in a hurry. So what happens when you explore at a slower pace?

Twitter's guide to Berlin: culture

Berlin has a thriving art scene, with many of its curious industrial spaces dedicated to permanent and pop up galleries. There are also numerous more traditional galleries and museums, not to mention its prolific street art. Twitter had lots to say on the subject

Twitter’s guide to Berlin: shopping

While not as well known for shopping as its continental cousins Paris and Milan, Berlin has the perfect balance of high street names, titanic department stores and off-the-beaten-track boutiques. Twitter had a few suggestions when we spent a Perfect Day in the city

Walking with wolves in Sweden

Once there were 3,000 of these noble beasts in Sweden, today only 210 survive; in Denmark it's just a few. As the ban on hunting them continues to ignite debate, Matthew Teller heads to the Swedish woods to pick up the scent

Twitter’s guide to Berlin: best restaurants, bars and cafes

With independent cafés, traditional schnitzel and currywurst joints and tons of cool, hidden bars and restaurants, Berlin's food scene is one of the best in Europe. It was by far and away the most tweeted theme when British Airways asked its followers for tips

Twitter's guide to Berlin: sightseeing

There's much to see in Berlin, from the traditional to the super-modern, but its historical landmarks were high on Twitter's list when British Airways spent a Perfect Day in the city

Twitter's guide to a Perfect Day in Berlin

When British Airways flew blogger Sasha Wilkins (aka Liberty London Girl) to Berlin on a sunny October day, there was nothing on the itinerary. Luckily, Twitter was on hand to help. Here are some of our followers' best tips

Six reasons we love Norrebro, Copenhagen

This youthful, edgy district of the Danish capital offers coffee shops and vintage clothes and furniture stores by day, while by night its basement bars come alive. It’s also the home of some of the best restaurants in one of Europe’s foodiest cities

Mallorca: Hotel Cort, Palma

This new city-centre hotel in Palma de Mallorca has a series of beautifully-designed suites, a great mix of modern and traditional décor and a fabulous restaurant to boot, says Lucy Thackray

Mallorca: Gran Hotel Son Net

Set in the rich green valleys and hills outside of Palma, Mallorca, Gran Hotel Son Net is a classic, luxurious getaway just three hours from London, says Lucy Thackray

Berlin's Christmas markets

Paul Sullivan of Slow Travel Berlin shares the best festive spots in Berlin for a Perfect Day wandering the city's Christmas markets

The topsy-turvy travel planner: Ibiza for detox

It's one of the most famous party destinations in the world, but more and more people are going to Ibiza in search of a little R&R

In the footsteps of Thomas Cook

It was a journey that transformed a country. Best-selling author Diccon Bewes retraces the first conducted tour of Switzerland and the birth of modern tourism

China's French fetish

China is in love with France's luxury goods, food and wine — you could even be walking into a Parisienne patisserie in Shanghai

City hot spots: Galata, Istanbul

Sarah Gilbert finds cocktails with a view, homegrown design products and art space in an old bank in this up-and-coming area of stylish Istanbul

France: Terre Blanche, Provence

An impressive Provencal property with unbeatable golf, spa and kids' facilities, Terre Blanche has something for everyone, says Philip Heard

Berlin: The Waldorf Astoria

With its impeccable service and luxuries aplenty, the Waldorf Astoria may not be in one of Berlin's most happening areas, but if you can afford it you'll love it, says Faris Mustafa

Bordeaux: Le Saint James Bouliac

Architecturally striking, extremely comfortable and with a Michelin-starred restaurant, Bordeaux's Le Saint James hotel is a real one off, says Tim Lott

Saxony: Best Western Am Schlosspark

In need of a place to stay while enjoying the beauty of the Saxony countryside? The Best Western Am Schlosspark, tucked deep in the woods, is a comfortable base for the region, says Faris Mustafa

London's best independent coffee shops

London is bursting with high-quality roasters and cafés. Zane Henry spills the beans on nine of the city's best coffee shops

Walking the world

A new report by The Ramblers walking charity and Macmillan Cancer Support says that walking for 20 minutes a day could save 37,000 people a year in the UK from dying prematurely of cancer, heart disease and strokes. But how to keep those walks interesting? Here are a few ideas from around the world:

Marseille: InterContinental Marseille - Hotel Dieu

As Marseille continues to smarten up, the newly renovated Hotel Dieu, now in the capable hands of InterContinental, makes a rather regal place from which to enjoy the city, says Sophy Grimshaw

London's best street art

Banksy is currently creating a stir in New York, but back in London there is plenty of ground-breaking work by other street artists to be found. Richard Howard-Griffin of Street Art London chooses five of the best

The rise of MotoGP

MotoGP is injecting more than a little va-va-voom into motorsport. Faris Mustafa reports from the German Motorcycle Grand Prix

A political tour of Kosovo

Libya, North Korea, Georgia... These may not be your average tourist destinations, but a new wave of travellers want to witness current affairs first-hand. Kim Willis joins the tour to Kosovo

What to see, do and eat in Pristina, Kosovo

After a political tour of the city, Kim Willis picks the best things to do and places to refuel in the Kosovan capital of Pristina

Fjord Norway

Rooksana Hossenally takes an atmospheric trip through Norway’s bleakly beautiful, icy-cold ‘fjord country’ — in the middle of July

A guide to shopping in Paris

A fashion hub with designer flagship stores and cool boutiques, there is something for everybody in Paris. Here are some of the stores that should be on the list for any stylish visit

How to house swap

Thinking of doing a house swap for your next holiday? Rosie Millard offers some dos and don'ts

Milan shopping guide

As Milan's fashion week collections hit the catwalks, style blogger Gary Kingsnorth gives a guide to the Italian fashion capital's shops

Restaurant review: Le Dorcia, Paris

Breaking the mould when it comes to Parisian brasseries, Le Dorcia serves up a delectable menu that surprises and delights in equal measures, says Rooksana Hossenally

Keith's connections: film and travel

A new column by a frequent flyer*. This month, find out which Hollywood classic inspired him to travel

Paris: Le Royal Monceau - Raffles

Two Michelin-starred restaurants, a fabulous location and quirky touches galore, the Royal Monceau, Paris, effortlessly combines the latest luxuries with classic style, says Kate Chambers

Greece: the Peloponnese

Head to Greece, but ignore the islands. Instead turn right at Athens and journey across the legendary Peloponnese. Mark Jones discovers a destination quite unlike anywhere he has been before

Greece: where to stay on a Peloponnese adventure

Following a fascinating tour along southern Greece's 'Olive Expressway', Mark Jones picks four great hotels in Athens and the Peloponnese

Five of the world's best cycling cities

The author of My Cool Bike, Chris Haddon, picks five great cities to explore on two wheels

Insider's guide to Milan

Photographer Robyn Lea moved to Milan at 18 to immerse herself in the world of creatives like Franca Sozzani and Gianfranco Ferré. She shares her favourite discoveries in Italy's fashion capital

Five of the best Turkish artists

Turkey is becoming increasingly well known for its contemporary galleries and local artists. Dyala Nusseibeh, director of this month's ArtInternational art fair in Istanbul, picks five of her favourite artists

Portugal: Conrad Algarve, Quinta do Lago

With a sumptuous spa, lovely pools and a quiet local beach, the Conrad Algarve is a great getaway just 20 minutes from Faro airport

Venice: Aman Canal Grande

Paradise does not come cheap, but the Aman Canal Grande, with its stunning interiors and secluded gardens, is Venice at its finest and worth every penny, says Angelina Villa-Clarke

Gareth, meet Madrid

So what does a clean living Welsh homebody who earns £300,000 a week do in Madrid?

Eight of the best tapas restaurants in Madrid

Chef Omar Allibhoy was born and raised in Madrid, and the food scene there was a huge influence on his book Tapas Revolution. He pulls up a stool at his favourite tapas bars in the city

Bye bye to the Berlin Wall?

The Berlin Wall is once again a source of contention as the last remaining section is threatened with demolition

The wild seniors of Scandinavia: striking photos from Eyes As Big As Plates

A Finnish artist and Norwegian photographer have created fantastical portraits of elderly people in the natural landscape

Geneva: Mandarin Oriental

Whether you're in Geneva for business or for the pleasures of the city's sights and shopping, the Mandarin Oriental makes for a calm and luxurious base, says Lucy Thackray

Five ways to see the real Geneva

The booming business and banking city isn't all five-star hotels and flash restaurants — its efficient tram system can take you to many hidden treasures, says Lucy Thackray

France: Grand Hotel de Bordeaux & Spa

Don't let its refined surroundings fool you: the Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux is a flamboyant treasure waiting to be discovered, says Angelina Villa-Clarke

Seven of Britain's most curious beaches

Swim against the tide on seven of Britain's most curious beaches (as chosen by TripAdvisor*)

Weekend break: Gibraltar

Now that Gibraltar's dockyards are giving way to marinas, it has its very own literary festival and a slew of fine beaches, restaurants and hotels, Simon Calder, a veteran of this peninsula, finds it a richly rewarding destination for a long weekend

Six affordable retreats with soul

Hip Hotels founder Herbert Ypma chooses six hotels that embody the soul of their location

The possibilities of time travel

The History Keepers author Damian Dibben on the timeless appeal of time travel

Authentic travel

Hip Hotels founder Herbert Ypma grew up travelling to authentic destinations. Here he explains why getting under the skin of a new place is so important — and, often, affordable

Seven of the best hotel lounges

A guest lounge is an underrated addition to the modern hotel, says Mark Jones, as he rounds up seven of the best

Your Edinburgh Festival Fringe survival guide

You're heading to the Edinburgh Festival, the UK's annual hub of new theatre, music and comedy. But where do you head first? Blogger Katie Brennan has done the legwork for you — here are her tips

Video: Sol Wave House, Mallorca's Twitter hotel

Sol Wave House hotel claims to 'create a virtual community' and connect its guests through Twitter in a new interactive experience

The art of travelling with children

As any parent knows, on holiday the slog of normal existence remains — feeding, dressing, bathing, calming down tantrums, wiping away tears. And then there's the kids to think about. Fiona Neill recalls top travel traumas

British Airways' Perfect Day in Rome: behind the scenes

12 hours, 1,599 tweets, 13 locations. Find out how one blogger created a Perfect Day in Rome using only Twitter. Joanna Hunter takes a trip with the bald hiker (and his 400,000 followers)

Going solo in Siberia

Sylvain Tesson spent six months alone in a Siberian cabin and got back to the simple pleasures in life

Cycling: five of the best mountain climbs in the Tour de France

Giles Belbin gets up close and personal with the Tour's most iconic climbs and the cycling heroes who have powered their way up them

Cycling with Bradley Wiggins in the Dolomites

The first Briton to win the Tour de France, Olympic gold medallist and all-round national treasure. Bradley Wiggins was all set to defend that yellow jersey. But after months of gruelling preparation, he was forced to quit. Gavin Green joined him in the Italian Dolomites for the training before the crisis

What's on in Marbella

Culture takes over in glamorous Marbella this summer with festivals and food galore

The Orient Express does Scandinavia

The most glamorous rail journey in the world is now adding routes from Stockholm to Copenhagen. Lucille Howe enjoys the view

Masculine vs feminine hotel style

As hyper-masculine hotel Belgraves establishes itself in London, other hotels around the world are appealing to the female traveller. But should they be choosing sides? By Mark Jones

Cote d’Azur: why the rich and famous love the French Riviera

Since the 20s, the French Riviera has been the destination of choice for everyone from decadent celebrities to eccentric royalty. Giles Milton takes a dip into its glamorous history

12 of the best French Riviera hotels

Where to stay on France's glamorous Côte d'Azur, in Monte Carlo, Cannes, Nice, St Tropez and beyond. Plus some great British Airways deals

ABBA museum opens in Sweden

We've had the Eurovision win, the stage musical and the big screen adaptation — now it's time for ABBA: the museum

Ben Fogle: why I love the UK's beaches

The adventurer and broadcaster on childhood holidays spent on Britain's beaches, where he holidays with his own family and why our seaside is unique

Preview: Mike Kelley exhibition Eternity is a Long Time at HangarBicocca, Milan

Curator Emi Fontana talks us through five of the late artist Mike Kelley's works on show at Milan's industrial HangarBicocca space

The topsy-turvy travel planner: Turkey for wine lovers

Though not known for its local vintages, Turkey's wineries are worth a visit

Six of the best city waterways

Some of the most picturesque and fascinating city rivers and waterways in the world

Paris: new plans for the Seine's waterfront

Paris, the city that famously never changes, is transforming its riverside with the Berges de Paris project. Simon Calder walks the waterfront

Restaurant review: Miss Ko, Paris

With its flurry of Asian-French fusion cuisine and ultra-funky interior, Miss Kō will appeal to a younger crowd — but its food will appeal to all, says Rooksana Hossenally

The rise of hip hotel group Mama Shelter

Discovered the hotel group that has more bed for your buck? Rooksana Hossenally looks at its five-step recipe for world domination

Then and now: Benidorm, Mallorca and Lanzarote

The hottest destinations on the planet back in the 1970s, Benidorm, Mallorca and Lanzarote later became dated and ridiculed. Now, the unthinkable has happened: they're in back in vogue...

Off the map: Britain's smallest islands

Britain has 6,289 islands, of which only 803 are large enough to be included on a map. What about the rest? Dixe Wills takes a tour of our tiny isles

Eight of the world's fastest cities

With speedy takeaway coffees and good escalator etiquette, these cities' pulses beat that bit faster

The summer ritual of Italy's beaches

What is it with Italians and their beaches? Peter Popham explores the ritual of seaside lounging in Italy

10 of the world's slowest cities

With a more laid back workforce and flexibility on what 'late' means (we're looking at you, Dubai), these cities move at a calmer pace

Video: blogger Paul Steele's Perfect Day in Rome with British Airways

British Airways sent top travel blogger Paul Steele, aka the Bald Hiker, to Rome for the day to be guided by its Twitter followers. Watch this video to see where he ended up

Twitter's guide to Rome: restaurants

From ample pizzerias, old trattorias and trendy new joints with famous chefs, our Twitter followers were bursting with hot tips for dinner

Twitter's guide to Rome: churches

You can't walk far in Rome without bumping into a beautiful place of worship, and many Twitter followers suggested popping into these lovely buildings on our Perfect Day Live

Twitter's guide to Rome: gelaterias

Gelato seems to be a big part of people's love for Rome. These were the top recommendations for an icy treat

Twitter's guide to Rome: best views

Rome is known as the city of seven hills, and Twitter's suggestions included several stunning views of this antique city

British Airways' Perfect Day in Rome: Twitter guide

When British Airways sent blogger Paul Steele (aka the Bald Hiker) to Rome for the day, he arrived with no itinerary. Luckily, Twitter was on hand to guide him

Twitter's guide to Rome: sightseeing

Blogger Paul Steele saw sights including an optical illusion painted inside and a historic cat sanctuary in Rome, but BA's Twitter followers provided plenty of other suggestions along the way

Twitter's guide to Rome: coffee and dessert

Good coffee is an essential part of the Rome experience — and Twitter thought so too. Here are some of the cafés and dessert shops that followers recommended

Twitter's guide to Rome: bars and nightlife

Everyone needs refreshment after a long day's sightseeing. But which bars were Twitter's top tips for our Perfect Day Live in Rome?

Twitter's guide to Rome: squares and gardens

Rome's piazzas and gardens are the ideal place to pause and people watch. These were some of the most popular Twitter suggestions on our recent Perfect Day

High Life's hotel and restaurant reviews: were we right?

For four decades we have deliberated, cogitated and digested the best restaurants and hotels across the globe. But were we right? Not always…

Facehunter: five of the world's most stylish cities

Street style blogger Yvan Rodic, aka Facehunter, picks his five favourite cities for great fashion and style

Tuscany: Borgo Santo Pietro, Chiusdino

With its picture-perfect setting, wonderful restaurant and gorgeous gardens, the Borgo Santo Pietro is a Tuscan dream of a hotel, says Aoife O'Riordain

Turkey's Bosphorus Bridge connects east and west, 1973

Forty years ago, the Bosphorus Bridge was the first to connect Europe and Asia since 512BC. But what effect did it have on Istanbul and its people? Emine Saner reports from both sides

Bold new food ideas by innovative chefs

Meet the chefs cooking up a new style of cuisine in Barcelona, Girona, Chicago and Paris

Canary Islands: food, art and partying in Santa Cruz, Tenerife

Once a hangout for The Beatles, Tenerife became a byword for package holidays. But, as Aimee Farrell discovers, this island is reclaiming its exotic appeal in culture and cuisine, with art to match Miami and music to rival Ibiza

Travel writer Dervla Murphy on her adventures

Fifty years ago Dervla Murphy travelled from her home in County Waterford to New Delhi. Alone. By bicycle. Since then she has travelled to Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas — and, more recently, Gaza. There have been, she says, 'a few hairy moments'. Zoe Williams meets her

Turkey: Club & Hotel Letoonia, Fethiye

Turkey's charming Club & Hotel Letoonia with its plethora of activities and private beaches, is very hard to leave, says Tessa Williams

The off-season travel guide

Tackling tornadoes in Kansas, facing down the monsoon in Oman, weathering the winter in St Petersburg... Our brave (some might say foolhardy) writers see the world from a new and exhilarating perspective

Off-season travel: St Petersburg in winter

As part of an off-season travel special, Oliver Bullough breaks the rules and heads to St Petersburg in February

City hot spots: Sodermalm, Stockholm

Sodermalm in Stockholm is stuffed with charming shops and cafés

On the road with... Josh Groban

The classical singer on fruity rider requests and singing in the rain on tour

France: Hotel Manali, Courchevel

Less frenetic than its neighbours higher up the mountain, Courchevel's five-star Hotel Manali, makes for a luxurious base for a holiday in the snow, says Rooksana Hossenally

Trend: one room hotels

One-room hotels in Amsterdam, Sweden and New Zealand offer you hotel accommodation minus the neighbours

Europe's alternative fashion capitals: where to shop and stay in Warsaw, Baku and Stockholm

European style is more than just London, Paris and Milan — just take a look at the shopping gems in Baku, Warsaw and Stockholm. Plus, four style makers pick their alternative fashion capitals

Five of Europe's most stylish shops (and shopkeepers)

Meet the fashionable faces behind five of the best shops in Milan, London, Paris and Naples. By Ianthe Butt

Weekend break: Berlin

Desperate to discover Berlin's 
latest hot spots? Enlist the 
expertise of on-the-pulse 
insiders, says Ianthe Butt

Six of the world's best record stores

Just when you thought the stylus had, well, gone out of style, sales of vinyl records are climbing. Here are the world's most unique wax wonderlands

Three unexpected European style icons

Europe's under-the-radar trendsetters include a graffiti artists, a historian and a Tumblr blogger

Istanbul's best bars, restaurants and shops by designer Zeynep Fadillioglu

In a big cultural year for the city, the Turkish designer shares her favourite Istanbul shops, bars, hotels and more

France's cities of culture: Paris vs Marseille

After stepping up to the mark as European Capital of Culture in 2013, can feisty Marseille give sophisticated Paris a run for its money?

Never too late to learn to ski?

How hard is it for a 50-something scaredy-cat to get over his fear of action holidays and try something new? Thanks to some firm persuasion from his wife, ski novice Tim Lott is about to find out in the Swiss Alps

What's your skiing stereotype?

Skiers: are you a Backcountry Clubber, Lycra Lad or Creche-test Dummy? Find out which and where should you go to enjoy the snow

Keith's connections: Dusseldorf

A new column by a frequent flyer*. This month, the new airport and fashionable locals of Düsseldorf

The curious guide to Europe

You're thirsty for discovery. You're keen to immerse yourself in someone else's world for a while. You are the curious traveller. Francesca Syz discovers Europe's most curious island, city and restaurants

Welcome to Faviken, Europe's most remote restaurant

Fäviken restaurant in Jämtland, Sweden is set in an 8,000-hectare private park just below the Arctic Circle

The curious travel index

Travel is getting to know a place from the inside out, challenging perceptions and coming back different. Our esteemed panel of judges has deliberated and debated over all that has changed their minds and sparked their imagination in the past year. The results are now in...

Germany's best Black Forest gateau

On a tour of Germany's Black Forest, Mark Jones goes on a selfless — calorie-laden — quest. His mission? To hunt down the ultimate gâteau. But can this once notorious dessert make a comeback as a protected species?

Thought festivals: the rise of global debates and lectures

A new wave of lectures, debates and learning is attracting the modern traveller

The Cage a Oiseaux: pet pampering that rocks

Could this rocking chair-effect budgie cage be the ultimate in decadent avian accessories?

Seville: Hotel Alfonso XIII, a Luxury Collection Hotel

An extremely successful, and sensitive, refurbishment has restored Seville's grand Alfonso XIII hotel to its former 1920s glory — and given it a bright future, says Lucy Thackray

Four of the best sleep retreats

Trouble dropping off? Hotel and spa retreats claiming to help you get more regular and better quality sleep are all the rage. Ianthe Butt selects four of the finest

Travel like Bond: five of the best destinations in Skyfall

As James Bond makes his 23rd silver-screen outing with Skyfall, follow his lead in true 007 style in the destinations featured in the film. They've been expecting you, says Paul Henderson

11 great San Sebastian bars and restaurants

The best pintxos bars, delis and restaurants in foodie San Sebastián, chosen by local Mugaritz chef Andoni Luis Aduriz

Mallorca: Marriott Son Antem Golf Resort & Spa, Llucmajor

With its two golf courses and two pools, the Marriott Son Antem is ideal for a business get-together or wonderful for a holiday in the sun, says Ianthe Butt

A food tour of San Sebastián

On a culinary tour with one of San Sebastián's most exciting chefs, Paul Richardson 
piles into everything from traditional 
pintxos to gastronomic masterpieces

Six architecturally beautiful museums

The newly-designed — and much-anticipated — Islamic Art Galleries open at the Louvre this month. But it's not just Paris. Architects have been busy putting their creative stamps on museums the world over, says Dale Kneen

Seville: Corral del Rey

Ever dreamt of having your own chic little apartment in a stunning European city? That's just how you'll feel at Seville's Corral del Rey, says Lucy Thackray

Walking the Wales Coast Path

A new walking trail in Wales makes it a joy to explore the entire country and its coastal paths. David Atkinson steps up to the challenge

Six of the best Parisian patisseries

Sybil Kapoor hails Parisian pâtisseries — the flamboyant fashionistas of the food world

packing: Meera Syal

Actress Meera Syal reveals what's in her suitcase

Six of the best active breaks in Europe

Want to swap your sunlounger for something more adventurous? Channel your inner Bear Grylls and discover a wilder side to Europe, says David Atkinson

Five unusual golf courses

Five of the world's more unusual settings to play a round of golf, from a remote Scottish isle to Canadian wine country

11 of the best family holidays

Our pick of the best hotels, resorts and packages to keep your little ones entertained and your older ones interested

Four great family adventures: teenage kicks in Dubrovnik

Tim Lott and his daughters (aged 18 and 16) battle it out in Croatia.

Four great family adventures

Whether you're travelling with a toddler or dragging 'grown-up' teenagers along, the family holiday has potential to be the mother of all battles — but it doesn't have to be. Our writers come up with the perfect solution

I'll be packing: Luke Donald

Professional golfer Luke Donald reveals what's in his suitcase

Weekend break: Budapest

An ancient city making 
a 21st-century splash, Budapest is great for a long weekend. Emily Mathieson rounds up the places to stay, eat and visit

Letter from Paris

I'm spending the Olympic Games here in my flat near the Eiffel Tower. And since, after 12 years, we still haven't got round to getting our television set hooked up to the satellite, I'll only find out in the old-fashioned way who wins what and how many world records are set: by reading 
Le Monde and Le Figaro

Weekend break: Glasgow

Emily Mathieson looks at the best places to sleep, eat and visit for post-industrial style in Scotland's biggest city, Glasgow

Six of the best new hotels in the Swiss Alps

The Alps are becoming ever more stylish. Anne Hardy picks six of the best new openings

Seven of the best restaurants in Denmark

Can't get a table at Copenhagen's world-beating restaurant Noma? Don't worry, the New Nordic food revolution is spreading, says Michael Booth

Back to St Petersburg

Returning to St Petersburg 20 years after her first visit as a vodka-swilling student, Viv Groskop finds one of Europe's most romantic cities in the grip of reinvention...

Five of the best green spaces in London

Food writer and gardening enthusiast Tom Moggach picks his top five alternative green spaces in London

Royal London: The Wild, the Beautiful and the Damned at Hampton Court Palace

Think Hampton Court Palace is all vengeful Tudors and flower shows? A portrait exhibition celebrating the 17th century's most scandalous courtesans will make you think again, says Lucy Thackray

Royal London: The Crown Jewels, Tower of London

This year's re-presentation of the world's most famous bling finally allows the jewels to take centre stage, says Lucy Thackray

Six of the best jet lag spa treatments in London

Frequent flyers will know the need to relax, stretch out and unwind better than most. Luckily, London's spas are on hand with treatments to to boost circulation and revive your senses

Royal London: Kensington Palace

The recently reopened Kensington Palace is a fascinating trip down the rabbit hole of royal lives. The exhibitions are bold and modern, but you'll find it hard not to be captivated, says Lucy Thackray

Venice’s restaurant scene with Russell Norman

Seek out Venice’s hidden foodie haunts and you'll find its authentic culinary heart. And who better to guide you than Russell Norman, whose Italian restaurants have taken London by storm? High Life joins him for small plates and big flavours

Paris: Pavillon de la Reine Hotel Spa

Housed in one of the prettiest squares in Paris, a visit to the Spa at the Pavillon de la Reine makes an ideal start to an evening out, says Olivia Palamountain

Barcelona's experimental tapas

Olives made of jelly, red chocolate lips for dessert... the world of tapas in Barcelona is enjoying a theatrical moment, says Jemima Sissons

Village hotels: the new breed of accommodation in Tuscany

Ever wanted a Tuscan village all to yourself? Your wish is granted...

Five of the best airport hotels

Award-winning, compact or indulgent — your airport accommodation can be just as relaxed as your holiday

Six of the best cooking schools in the world

Take one foodie, add a sprinkling of culinary courses and bake in a tropical heat... Michael Booth tries out the tastiest culinary schools across the globe

Alesund, Norway: a lighthouse of one's own

Mark Jones keeps watch over the Art Nouveau town of Ålesund in his very own lighthouse on the northwestern coast

Top five galleries and museums in Paris

Paris boasts some of the world's best art museums and galleries. Katherine Spenley takes a tour of five of the most popular

Top five restaurants with a view in Zurich

A room with a view is always the best choice, even if it's only for lunch. Katherine Spenley rounds up the top five restaurants with stunning vistas in Zurich

Gibraltar's best hotels and restaurants

Simon Calder picks his favourite places to stay and eat in Gibraltar

Tuscany's secret gardens

Ancient oaks, secret frondy passageways and as many shades of green as you 
can shake a stick at... Tuscany has some of the world's most beguiling outdoor spaces. 
Stephanie Theobald joins a private tour and gets a glimpse of the 
Florentine gardens of the Renaissance

My Dartmoor: a local's guide to eight of the best sights

There's more to Devon's National Park, Dartmoor, than lush green moors: local guide Simon Dell gives us the inside scoop on where to find peace, pints and fascinating history

Brit abroad: a guide to Gibraltar

With its handsome setting, proud past and all the joys of Mediterranean life, Gibraltar hits the spot for Simon Calder

Helsinki hangouts: where to eat, shop and stay

The very best of the Finnish capital's food, design stores and hospitality, as chosen by Caroline Roux

The stylish guide to Helsinki

Finland's capital is a design-lover's paradise, so much so that it's been crowned World Design Capital and most liveable city thanks to its hip eating spots, vintage stores and boutique hotels. Caroline Roux approves of Helsinki

Herding reindeer in Sweden

Northern Europe's indigenous Sami reindeer herders are opening up their unique way of life to outsiders. Emine Saner braves the freezing temperatures to be among the first to join them

Paris: La Maison Champs Elysees

Its location is unbeatable, style breathtaking and comfort levels off the scale. The unique La Maison Champs Elysées, says Lucy King, is just what you want from a weekend in Paris

John Simpson: Letter from Istanbul

This is a magnificent place, full of new confidence and new money, lapped by the brilliant waters of the Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara and the Golden Horn: a city for the 21st century in an ancient setting

Why I love... Stockholm

Not a sauna in sight — AA Gill reveals why he fell for the Swedish capital in mid-winter

AA Gill: Why I love Paris

Petit déjeuner, Sartre and gamine girls – AA Gill reveals why he fell for the French capital

Alain Ducasse: my favourite restaurants in Paris

With 19 Michelin stars and 27 restaurants, Alain Ducasse knows a thing or two about fine dining. As his new book on Paris cuisine is published, he reveals a few of his favourite hot spots

5 of the best romantic hotels

Five of the best romantic hotels, from Venice to Agra. Chosen by Amanda Morison, Jane Dunford and Ianthe Butt

Sweden's gourmet restaurants and chefs

Stockholm has an insatiable ambition to become Europe’s latest gourmet destination. Michael Booth meets the Michelin-star chefs who are radically reinventing the country’s cuisine

Adele Parks: why I love Rome

Author Adele Parks on why she loves Rome

Spain: Moorish cooking lessons

His restaurants are mobbed by foodies desperate for his Moorish cuisine. Now there’s a chance to study his cooking at close quarters in the country that inspires him. David Sexton joins Sam Clark in Andalucia

Five of the best hiking holidays

Gentle trekking on pretty paths, hard-core expeditions, journeys of self-discovery… Joanne O’Connor walks you through the scenic routes

Sandro Bianchi's Madrid

Been there, done that? Think again. Madrid offers a hip, vibrant cultural life away from the major tourist sights. One of their coolest residents take us on a tour

Viktor & Rolf's Amsterdam

Amsterdam-based fashion house Viktor & Rolf is the eponymous label founded by designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren, whose stylish collections have been met with acclaim since they showed their first range of clothing 20 years ago

Five of the best sports hotels

From golfing hotels to yoga retreats we pick five of the best sports hotels

Five of the best royal London palaces

If you didn’t get the nod to the wedding of the year (don’t worry, we didn’t either) then hanging around one of the Royal couple’s official London haunts is surely the next best thing. Caroline Gosney picks five of the best

The best eco-friendly restaurants

The most eco-friendly restaurants in the world, as chosen by Richard Hammond

Astrid Kirchherr on The Beatles

The photographer remembers the early days of The Beatles

A food and drink tour of Istanbul

The streets of Istanbul may drip with history and its markets with bargains, but it’s the city’s sensational food – from street vendors to top-of-the-range Ottoman restaurants alike – that captivates former Masterchef winner Thomasina Miers

Weekend break: Budapest

Mark Jones has the perfect weekend in Budapest

London: Ten Manchester Street

Discreet luxury in the heart of Marylebone, 10 Manchester Street is the perfect place to stay in town, says Angelina Villa-Clarke

Where to eat: Jerez

The best places to eat in Jerez by Fiona Sims

John Simpson: Letter from Istanbul

Jerez with Jason Atherton

The Andalusian city famous for its sherry and tapas is now being rated as a top gourmet destination. For British chef Jason Atherton, known for his take on Spanish cuisine, it is an intense culinary hit. By Fiona Sims

Five of the best eco-friendly ski resorts

The most eco-friendly ski resorts as chosen by Richard Hammond

10 great reasons to visit Gothenburg

Usually overshadowed by Stockholm, Gothenburg has much to tempt the discerning traveller. Victoria Larsson reports

Noma: is this the best restaurant in the world?

Welcome to Noma in Copenhagen, officially the world's best restaurant. Head chef René Redzepi takes Michael Booth on an exclusive culinary tour and tempts him with musk ox and smoked marrow, oysters and sea grasses, and langoustines with seawater

City secrets: Berlin

Insider tips from the people who really know - the locals. Compiled by Gayle Tufts

Milan style

As the catwalk shows kick off, fashion insiders will be jetting off to survive on a diet of canapés and Champagne. And when they’re not in the front row, they’re out shopping. Jo Marshall reveals the most sought-after stores

Alexei Sayle: Why I love Prague

Alexei Sayle reveals a Prague that enthralled and confused him as child.

Five of the best Athens hotels

Stylish, luxurious, cool... Angelina Villa-Clarke picks five of the best hotels in Athens

Sicily for bambini: a family holiday with actors Helen McCrory and Damian Lewis

Actors Helen McCrory and husband Damian Lewis plus their two children head to Sicily for playtime, pampering and pasta

Rioja: the best tapas in Spain

Forget Barcelona – foodies are heading to Rioja for the best tapas. Chris Leadbeater loosens his belt

The Balearic Islands: Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera

With British Airways’ weekend flights to Ibiza and Majorca starting this month, Jonathan Bastable goes off the beaten track on the Balearic islands to find dramatic landscapes and distinctive cuisine

Lisbon, with love

Often overlooked in favour of its flashier European counterparts, Lisbon has been quietly reinventing itself as a design capital. But it's the city's laid-back languor that seduces Antonia Quirke

Lisbon: five hotels to suit any mood

Whether you're looking for design hotels or boutiques, these are the places you should book.

City Secrets: Moscow

Insider tips from the people that really know - the locals

Portugal: the wild west of Europe

Thirty years after his first visit, Simon Calder is seduced all over again by Portugal’s many charms, from its sophisticated cities to its family friendly shores and untamed landscapes


After struggling with maps, the Metro and museum signs in Cyrillic, Lisa Grainger realises that the only way to understand the mysteries of Moscow is with the help of someone who knows all the right people...

City secrets: Copenhagen

Insider tips from the people who really know -the locals. Compiled by Kristoffer Dahy Ernst

Royal London: The Tower of London

Where else oozes so many thrilling tales of mystery, murder and deception? Joanna Hunter enjoys a day out at the Tower of London

Greece: Beauty and the beach

Combine a visit to the newly opened Acropolis Museum in the heart of Athens with a few days on one of the sleepy, romantic islands just a short boat ride away, says Rachel Howard

Croatia: Dubrovnik for food lovers with Mark Hix

Local ingredients cooked with homegrown flair make Dubrovnik a tasty destination for food lovers, as top London chef Mark Hix discovers on his first visit

St Petersburg

From the Cold War to the economic boom, St Petersburg is like Russia in miniature, says Marcel Theroux

Insider's guide: Barcelona

City secrets from the people who really know – the locals. Compiled by Richard Lander

Cyprus: Aphrodite's island

A world away from the usual tourist attractions, the authentic charms of Paphos are just waiting to be discovered – not least its lush landscape, 3,000 year-old treasures and fascinating mythology. Rachel Howard is seduced

Zurich for less

Think Switzerland is too swanky for a bargain break? Take in world-class architecture, slick Swiss design and betwitching scenery - for much less than you'd expect

Magnificent Moscow

A new exhibition at the V&A celebrates the opulence of imperial Russia. But have things changed that much? Claire Wrathall reveals the most sumptuous experiences in Moscow

Paris: David Sedaris

David Sedaris finds unexpected inspiration in the City of Light, courtesy of rude waiters and auction houses

Eric Chavot recommends the best Arachon restaurants and food shops

Eric Chavot gives Mark Jones the low down on where to eat in Arachon, Bordeaux.

A food tour of Arcachon, Bordeaux with chef Eric Chavot

The bay of Arcachon is one of France’s best-kept secrets for fine food. Top chef and local boy Eric Chavot takes Mark Jones on a tour of the resort, where the two eat a coma-inducing quantity of oysters. But do they bite off more than they can chew?

Mallorca: Balearic boutique boom

With a crop of chic new openings, Mallorca is getting the luxe treatment. About time, says Isabel Dexter

Where to eat in Prague

The best places to eat in Prague, from traditional fare to elegant dining to Vaclav Havel's local.

Prague: talkin' 'bout a revolution

The Czech capital has seen all sorts of invasions from the Soviet army to British stag parties, but this unbrokenly beautiful city has overcome them all. On the 40th anniversary of the Prague Spring, Mark Jones retraces the old haunts of the revolutionaries – and samples the bourgeois art of fine dining

A skippers guide to Venice

After travelling round Venice by boat Nick Curtis has put together some tips for aspiring sailors.

Canal knowledge: Venice by boat

In the past, the only way to discover Venice’s waterways and treasures was by boat. Virgin sailor Nick Curtis skippers his own craft and enters a magical city where every sunrise repaints the haunting visions of Canaletto

Eastern odyssey: Michael Palin explores Turkey

Michael Palin's latest adventures started with a simple idea: only a few hours from London lay Europe's eastern lands that were as unknown to him as the vastness of Siberia. Here, in an exclusive extract from his new book, New Europe, we join him in Turkey, where Asia and Europe meet

The most romantic hotels for a honeymoon

All you really need for the ideal honeymoon is a hotel you don't want to leave - a place where the rooms are fabulous, the food is wonderful and your every need is catered for. We pick the 12 most romantic hotels in the world - one for each month of the year

Fashionable Florence

From luxury designer labels to modest flea markets, Florence has it all. Claudia Warden hunts down the city's best buys

60 second interview: Eddie Izzard

The actor and comedian shares his life in travel, from the beaches of Greece to the stages of Iceland, Chicago and Amsterdam

Skiing: the best is yet to come

It isn’t too late to book a skiing holiday. In February, March and even April, you can still find perfect snow conditions on both sides of the Atlantic. Felice Hardy, co-editor of The Great Skiing & Snowboarding Guide 2007, has the lowdown on the best late-season picks