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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

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.

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

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

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

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

Around the world in Shakespeare’s plays

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death this April, Sarah Drumm rounds up the best destinations to honour the Bard’s works and bring his plays to life

Greece: Ikos Olivia, Halkidiki

If you think ‘all-inclusive’ is not for you, think again, says Kate Chambers. Ikos Olivia redefines the often tired experience with its emphasis on understated elegance and serenity

Six of the world’s best villas by the sea

Crashing waves and cocktails in a cabana... Issy D'Arcy Clark reveals the six villas with winning ocean views

60 second interview: Florrie

From touring and recording with Girls Aloud and Kylie Minogue, Florrie is now breaking out on her own with her new single Real Love. Here she talks punk rock, festivals in Slovakia and playing at the top of skyscrapers in Shanghai

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

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

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

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…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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’

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

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

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

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

Hot list 2015: the best beaches

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

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

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

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

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 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

City hot spots: Agias Irinis, Athens

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

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

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

10 of the best family adventures

Emily Payne rounds up a flurry of imaginative family holidays inspired by classic stories from page and screen

Five of the best Athens hotels

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

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