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

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

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

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

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

Five alternative cities with Christmas markets

Warm your hands with mulled wine and fill your pockets with stocking-sized treats in these Christmas-friendly cities

How to house swap

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

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

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?