Moldova: tourist-free escape

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

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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

Postcard from . . . Roubaix

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

Norman Foster’s mirrored Ombrière in Marseille
©Robert Harding

Eurostar’s fast train to the Med

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

Illustration by Matthew Cook of Burgos, Spain
©Matthew Cook

Postcard from . . . Burgos

Spanish city aims to become a leading gastronomic destination

©Iris Rikharösdottir

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

Castello di Vicarello in Tuscany

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

The exterior of the six-bedroom La Grande Maison

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

Tour Montparnasse seen from the Eiffel Tower
©Xavier Boymond

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

Tragedy and triumph on the Matterhorn

The first ascent ended in disaster but propelled mountaineering into the public imagination. As Switzerland readies for the 150th anniversary, Ed Douglas tackles the summit

Postcard from . . . the Jura

The Percée du Vin Jaune sees the new vintage of the local wine blessed in church by a bishop — but it is also a pretext for a joyous winter street party

In search of truffles in Spain

Struggling against depopulation and a lack of investment, the remote county of Gúdar Javalambre has turned to an unlikely resource — ‘truffle tourism’

Postcard from . . . Switzerland

Wedged high into the Rhine Valley is the tiny Swiss town of Disentis where a trickle of Swedish freeriders have found superb, untracked, ski terrain

Postcard from . . . Iceland

A new arrival is putting the Fáskrúðsfjörður village on the tourist map, by drawing on its unlikely French connection

Discreet luxury in Klosters

One of the most remarkable chalets in the Alps offers a retreat from the hubbub of the World Economic Forum, writes Tom Robbins

Off-piste and off-grid at Le Grand Joux

A new luxury ski chalet in the French Alps is difficult to reach, but a true wilderness experience

Postcard from . . . Vienna

For visitors, attending one of the Austrian capital’s balls is a unique way of exploring the city’s history and social life in one go

Couloirs and Michelin stars in the Dolomites

Behind the region’s reputation for fine food and easy skiing lurks some of Europe’s best, and least crowded, off-piste

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