Illustration of the Horchatería Santa Catalina by Aurelia Lange
©Aurelia Lange

Postcard from . . . Valencia

On a broiling Mediterranean afternoon, there is nothing quite as refreshing as a glass of iced horchata

Destination inspiration

Rose Cottage at Dormy House
Hotels and holiday homes that are perfect for a short break from the city
The open road in southwest Iceland ©Luz Photo
Sail into deepest Myanmar or drive the route of Italy’s Mille Miglia road race: the world’s best road trips and river journeys
Joe Kidd takes his fatbike over some rocky outcrops on the Oregon coast ©Tim Neville
From a ‘fatbike’ tour of Oregon’s coast to heli-biking in New Zealand and a cycle trip through the Bhutanese Himalayas
The Messner Mountain Museum in Kronplatz
©Werner Huthmacher

Reinhold Messner: king of the mountains

The world’s greatest living climber has completed his series of mountain museums with a bold new building by Zaha Hadid

Santa Cecília
©Dani Rovira/Museu de Montserrat

Sean Scully’s hymn to high art in Spain

An ancient, mountaintop church near Barcelona has been transformed by the painter

Postcard from . . . Alpe d’Huez

The climb up this summit is an exuberant spectacle of squalid, manic hedonism, the Glastonbury of sport

Le Domaine des Etangs
©Guillaume de Laubier

Hotel insider: Le Domaine des Etangs, France

The daughter of one of France’s wealthiest men has turned his former holiday home into a lavish retreat

The fishing group in Järva County, central Estonia
©JD Cook

Baltic castaway: fishing in Estonia

Ian Thomson explores gloriously wild, trout-filled rivers

On location: ‘The Third Man’

More than 60 years after the film’s release, the landmarks that appear in it still attract legions of fans

©Matthew Cook

Postcard from . . . Bavaria

Schloss Elmau is a cultural retreat designed to inspire the mind and feed the soul

The Klosterhotel St Petersinsel

A night in the past at Swiss historic hotels

A network of hotels lets visitors explore Switzerland while experiencing its history

Moldova: tourist-free escape

A new tour operator launches holidays to Moldova, Europe’s least visited country

Postcard from . . . Roubaix

After a 12-year restoration, Villa Cavrois is about to open to the public

Eurostar’s fast train to the Med

A new direct high-speed train service brings Marseille within easy reach of London

Postcard from . . . Burgos

Spanish city aims to become a leading gastronomic destination

Inside an Icelandic ice cap

A man-made cave deep inside Europe’s second-largest glacier is about to open to visitors

Hiking for softies in southern Spain

A self-guided walking tour of the Alpujarras

Italy: a Grand Tour with a modern spin

A group of independent owner-run hotels in Italy provides a new take on an 18th-century tradition

Joël Robuchon’s hotel for gourmands opens in Bordeaux

The world’s most Michelin-starred chef has joined forces with a wine magnate to create a tiny temple to French gastronomy

Basilicata’s renaissance

In a remote Italian region known for its extraordinary subterranean architecture, the long-neglected city of Matera has been named European Capital of Culture

Paris by light

Innovative lighting designers are reimagining the ‘Ville Lumière’ using new technology, colours and movement

Hotel insider: La Réserve Paris

A processed-meat magnate turned hotelier is challenging the grandes dames of the Paris hotel scene

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