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

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

Nine cities with amazing beaches

Why choose between relaxing on white sand by day and the buzz of a city at night? In these places you get the both worlds

Six of the world’s best city villas

From a bastion of modern design to a 12th century palazzo, Issy D'Arcy Clark uncovers six villas in cities across the globe

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

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

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

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

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

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

What happens to the world’s Olympic venues?

With the budget for Rio 2016 currently up in the air, and around £9 billion spent on London's Games in 2012, you may be wondering what becomes of the event's much-planned, well-used sporting sites. Katie Gatens looks at the legacies of five former host cities

Bold new food ideas by innovative chefs

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

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

Insider's guide: Barcelona

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