Countries such as Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Croatia, Poland and the Czech Republic offer a lot of experiences to travellers, from bustling cities to beautiful natural scenery. Many examples of beautiful outdoor destinations exist, particularly offering hikers a healthy and enjoyable trip – whatever their experience in trekking.
Treks for beginners
If you are not experienced in hiking, there is no need to be afraid of the prospect of climbing hills and crossing forests – Central Europe offers something for every skill level.
Veliki Risnjak Peak, Risnjak National Park, Croatia
A shorter hike that is round trip can be completed in around a day, the ascent of the lush Veliki Risnjak Peak is a ...
Surrounded by the sparkling azure waters of the Mediterranean and Aegean seas, Turkey is home to some truly beautiful coastlines. On the surface, tranquillity can be found where golden sands meet soft, crystal-clear waves. Beneath the water, an entire new world is waiting to be discovered.
With such a rich cultural heritage, the coastal destinations of Turkey, and in particular those on the southern coast, have become a popular attraction for divers of all abilities.
If you are considering a trip to Turkey this year, especially during the peak diving season between April and October, make sure you take a look at our favourite diving spots.
Beautiful Bodrum, part of the Muğla ...
One of the quintessential Turkish resort towns, for decades, Bodrum has captivated countless visitors with its enjoyable combination of history, culture and bold seafront beauty. Located on the Bodrum Peninsula, which extends out of the south western tip of the country towards the Greek Island of Kos, this is a place that appeals to every variety of visitor, whatever the time of year.
Bodrum offers a breadth of experiences that, compared to most other Mediterranean destinations, is unmatched. As recent as the mid-century, the city was a tiny fishing village, home to intellectuals, writers and artists who had been exiled there during the preceding decades.
Yet, as the decades ...
With summer upon us, a lot of people are getting ready up to enjoy some time spent beneath the warm sun, running their fingers through soft, fine sands. Indeed, the draw of a beach is very strong during the hotter months, but which are the best in the world? And what makes a stunning shoreline?
El Nido, Philippines
The Southeast Asian nation is a classic oceanic paradise, complete with clear, azure waters, mountains jutting out of the waves, and soft, white sands that beckon to be touched. It is in this earthly paradise that the island of Palawan resides – visit the northern tip of the isle, and you will find true beach bliss.
El Nido, home of enormous karst rock formations, lazy living and ...
We all know how exciting a trip to the beach can be after a long stretch of working, however a relaxing break is very different to the thrill of a bungee jump or snowboarding. If you are thinking of choosing your next getaway based the latter, then there are a few things you need to bear in mind before you put on your board shoes and head off-piste – extreme sports are just that, after all.
Whichever sport you would like to try, and however much of your trip away you would like it to occupy, you need to find good-quality tour operators that will ensure your experience is as enjoyable and pain-free as possible.
This means getting in contact with your overarching tour ...
The capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh is a thriving cosmopolitan city, totally contrasting the arid desert that surrounds it. While not traditionally seen as a major tourist destination, Riyadh does, in fact, have a huge amount to offer to visitors who have come to the country for business, family, or religious purposes, or simply for pleasure.
With a heritage stretching back to the pre-Islamic era, Riyadh has a historical and cultural collection in the same league as the country's other particularly notable cities of Mecca and Medina. From its tribal beginnings, the city was once a regional capital of the Umayyad and Abbasid Islamic dynasties during the Islamic Golden Age (betw
In Arabic, Eid al-Fitr translates as the 'festival of breaking the fast' – and is the name given to one of the most important religious festivals in the Muslim calendar.
Marking the end of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr takes place on the first day of the month of Shawwal, and every year, millions of Muslims throughout the world join in this vibrant, exciting and joyous celebration. But the way in which these celebrations take shape differs from each country to the next.
A time for celebration
Having spent 29 or 30 days fasting (this time being dependant on the state of the moon), Muslims see Eid al-Fitr as a time to celebrate. Across the globe, friends and family members are reunited as the streets ...
Taking a trip beneath the waves is a truly remarkable experience. People prize the ability to admire otherwise unobservable species, drift through decades-long derelict wrecks, and explore the Earth's dark depths – and there are all sorts of places a person can travel to experience the best diving trip possible. Here are five of our favourites.
Any lover of luxury knows of the Seychelles, but the archipelago doesn't just offer relaxation and tranquillity – it is well equipped when it comes to diving, too. Guests basing themselves at the Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare, one of the island's most idyllic locations, are in for a treat when they set out by boat to the ...
There are few cities in Germany as culturally or architecturally striking as Dresden. Located in the state of Saxony on the banks of the beautiful River Elbe, the city is a marvel, and a place that is perfectly suited to the wants and needs of a wide range of visitors. If you're looking to enjoy an exceptional city break, Dresden is an excellent place to do so.
Despite the heavy damage endured during the bombing of 1945, Dresden's aesthetic beauty has remained – a true testament to the inhabitants' amazing restoration efforts. Across the length and breadth of the city, visitors are met by an exceptional view of the many domes and rooftops that sit atop the elegant baroque ...
Europe is undoubtedly beautiful and inspiring, and it should come as no surprise that many of the world's most renowned fairy tales have originated from the continent.
From vast mountain vistas to perfect lakes surrounded by winding cobbled paths, there are plenty of fairy tale-like locations to explore across Europe. You never know, you could find your own happily ever after here…
Štrbské Pleso, Slovakia
Ever found yourself entranced by the icy tales of the Snow Queen, or perhaps Hans Christian Anderson's Ice-Maiden? If snowy scenes are more your thing than a weekend at the beach, then Štrbské Pleso might well be your fairy tale-style escape.
Sitting in the Tatras Mountains, Štrbské ...