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The Pyrenean village of Gavarnie

Seven go mad in Val d'Azun

This deserted, woodland valley in the Pyrenees provided more than ample space for Jeremy Laurance and his six friends to find their inner teenagers

Inside Europe

Old jailhouse rocks: the converted cell blocks of Hotel Katajanokka

Helsinki hots up with hip hotels

Sunday, 27 July 2008

Finland's capital has seen a huge expansion of chic accommodation, says Harriet O'Brien

Family travel: 'We want to go camping – and get some sun'

Saturday, 26 July 2008

We are trying to arrange a last-minute camping holiday for our seven- and 11-year-old children. We'd like somewhere with reliable sunshine – so not the UK – but not too hot given that we'll be under canvas, and near water for some swimming or waterborne activities. D Wood, via e-mail

Tourists are being encouraged to experience the natural
beauty of Montenegro

Don't mention the war. It's time to build on the peace

Sunday, 20 July 2008

Starting a monthly series of reports from around the globe, the writer and broadcaster Sankha Guha visits the Balkans to assess whether a new UN plan to promote Croatia, Bosnia and Montenegro is likely to succeed

Calabria's charms remain largely undiscovered by foreigners

Please adjust your watch to Calabrian time

Sunday, 20 July 2008

You've visited the heel of Italy's boot? Now, take a tour of its toe, says Cahal Milmo

Pillar to post: the Felsenwaechter, or 'Rock Guardians', typical of the 'Saxon Swiss' landscape

Don't look down: the 'Saxon Switzerland'

Saturday, 19 July 2008

In the 18th century, a pair of intrepid artists dubbed this corner of Germany 'Saxon Switzerland' and the name stuck. Hilary Macaskill follows in their footsteps

Spoleto in Umbria

The Complete Guide to Italian art towns

Saturday, 19 July 2008

In northern Italy, you don't need to visit a big city to see spectacular art. Harriet O'Brien presents a cultural itinerary of frescos, paintings and sculptures – all off the beaten track

Ten hot, fast kilometres into our journey along the Cassia road to Siena, sun glinting off the windscreen and a warm Tuscan wind rushing through what little hair I possess, I pinched myself.

See Italy - from the wheel of a Ferrari

Sunday, 13 July 2008

The Grand Tour of Europe was a rite of passage for the well-bred Englishmen in the 1800s. It's a great trip for the 21st-century traveller, too. And, as Peter Victor discovers, one company is offering an exciting new way to explore the Continent

Bella figura: Capri by night

Lyrical charm in Capri

Saturday, 12 July 2008

Bellinis by moonlight, grand hotels filled with the ghosts of famous former guests, the bewitching Bay of Naples... Brian Viner can feel a certain Noël Coward song coming on

Great, green outdoors: cyclists riding in Connemara National Park

The Complete Guide to: Connemara

Saturday, 12 July 2008

Diverse landscapes, scenic walks, sandy beaches, top angling and a fascinating cultural heritage are just some of the reasons for visiting this wonderful area of Ireland. By Frank Partridge

Le Grill,  Monte Carlo, Monaco

Plate With A View: Le Grill, Monte Carlo, Monaco

Saturday, 12 July 2008

The swankiest hotel in Monte Carlo is without a doubt the Hôtel de Paris, with its Alain Ducasse restaurant, the three-Michelin-starred Le Louis XV. What people often forget is that up on the roof is a perfectly good one-star restaurant with the most wonderful views.

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