PeriniNavi Cup reggata
©Stefano Gattini

Postcard from . . . Sardinia

The story of what is perhaps the world’s most exclusive sailing regatta begins with a humble roll of tissue paper

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
©Matthew Cook

Postcard from . . . Castel Gandolfo

The papal summer residence opens to tourists with access to the gardens and views of the volcanic lake and surrounding hills

View of the setting sun near Sant’ Erasmo
©Giacamo Cosua

Exploring the Venice lagoon

Illustration by Matthew Cook of the Amot Operagard
©Matthew Cook

Postcard from . . . Norway

A ‘Glastonbury meets Glyndebourne’ festival brings opera to a remote former dairy farm

Children jump from the water-bus station on the island of Sant’Erasmo
©Giacamo Cosua

Escaping the tourists in Venice

A new cruise company is offering intimate, expert-led trips to rarely visited parts of the lagoon

Postcard from . . . Cyprus

As extremists destroy historic sites in Syria and beyond, one important shrine is thriving in relative obscurity, just outside Larnaca

Restaurante Andreu Genestra
©Anna Huix

Balearic bites

A new generation of chefs is rediscovering Mallorca’s gastronomic heritage

Who - Danger signs in Imber
Where - Army training area and abandoned town of Imber 
When - 23/08/2015
Why - Visting the abandoned town of Imber

By bus to the ‘ghost village’ of Imber

For one day a year, buses run to an English village with no residents. By Matthew Engel

An early 19th-century watchtower, now the Tainaron Blue Retreat guesthouse
©George Messaritakis

Walks amid the watchtowers of the Mani

William Dalrymple explores the wild mountains and ancient churches of Greece’s far south

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

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

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

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

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

Postcard from . . . Bavaria

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

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


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