Postcard from . . . Alpe d’Huez

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

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
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

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

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

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’

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