Praia da Zambujeira, Portugal. Photograph: Municipio Odemira/Turismo do Alentejo
 
 
 
Forget Ibiza. Forget the Riviera. In fact, forget the Med altogether. Portugal’s Alentejo region is lined with glorious beaches – but not many people seem to know about them... It’s 7pm on a balmy Saturday night in June, and I have just ordered my first Sagres beer in I Cervejaria, a restaurant in Zambujeira do Mar, one of the prettiest villages on Portugal’s south-west coast. The place is [...]
 
 
Sicily
 
 
 
Winemaking in Sicily is as old as the hills, but a new breed of producers is offering a fresh way of getting a taste for it, with great food and accommodation amid the vines. It felt like entering a Bond villain's lair. We followed Viviana Pitino of the Buonivini estate through a door deep in the hillside into a cavernous hi-tech space. Inside was a sleek, modern winery lined with stainless[...]
 
 
Mljet
 
 
 
From craggy Krk in the north to luscious Mljet in the south, the Croatian Adriatic is teeming with islands, around 1200 in all. The sheer variety of island landscapes is stunning. The terrain can shift abruptly even on the same island as wind-whipped hills give way to rolling vineyards and tranquil pastures. Pine-fringed beaches now delight vacationers but it was once the islands' forests that att[...]
 
 
5 ‘Must Do’ Things in Brussels
 
 
 
Brussels is the capital of Belgium and the headquarters of both the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). What began as a mere fortress outpost in the 900′s has grown into a sophisticated metropolis, admired the world over for its architecture and its food. Brussels is a bilingual town, where residents speak, and street signs are printed in, Dutch and French. The pe[...]
 
 
View on Florence
 
 
 
As many people around the world know, Florence, Italy is the European capital of renaissance history and art. It's incredible to think back to the early 1400s when architecture, literature, science and fine art began a whole new movement of change. Before you go across the pond, make sure these five activities are set in stone as you plan to walk the same streets as Michelangelo. 1. Peruse the Mu[...]