An island guide to Madeira

Madeira is an enchanting archipelago, a cluster of islands just off the northwest coast of Africa where a mild, year-round Mediterranean climate offers the perfect sunny escape. Between Madeira, Porto Santo, Ilhas Desertas and Ilhas Selvagens, discover remarkable outdoor scenes, from beautiful coastlines to wild nature, and sink into the unique lifestyle of this charming island chain. Continue reading An island guide to Madeira

City Guide: Belfast

If you’re looking for a UK city break with a difference, then don’t miss the enigmatic capital of Belfast. From talked-about restaurants to thought-provoking heritage, the city has a rich repertoire of cultural experiences to unpick. Divided into characterful quarters, you’ll find old-world pubs singing with trad music, bustling foodie markets, a proud portside heritage, and sleek, modern waterside spots perfect for sundown evenings. Unravel this captivating city here and book that much-needed staycation.  Continue reading City Guide: Belfast

Five spectacular places to watch the night sky in the UK

A velvet-black sky alight with shooting stars, the magic of distant twinkling planets and the unforgettable sight of the Milky Way – night skies have captured the imaginations of people for millennia, and luckily, you don’t have to venture too far to catch a glimpse of it. From some of the UK’s most scenic natural parks and remote regions, to surprising havens close to its busy cities, find some of the best locations to watch the stars. Just pack a blanket, a hot flask and your telescope, and prepare to make a wish. Continue reading Five spectacular places to watch the night sky in the UK

Five postcard-perfect walks along the Thames Path

Stretching for 184 miles, the Thames Path is perfectly carved out for an unparalleled experience. There’s a bit of everything to please everyone on this long-distance walking trail, and we’ve cherry-picked some of the finest walks, taking you across wetlands in the Cotswolds, past the historic wonders of Oxford, and through London’s greenest spaces. Continue reading Five postcard-perfect walks along the Thames Path

Secret Guide: Barbados

Swaying palm trees, sugar-white beaches, flying fish and endless rum cocktails: that’s Barbados in a nutshell. This island, despite measuring just 25 kilometres across, packs a mighty punch. Days spent beach-lounging and cocktail-sipping are perfectly complemented by endlessly scenic vistas, unforgettable hidden sights, and a heck of a lot of history. Discover our top recommendations to help fuel your wanderlust, and give you reasons you never expected to visit this Caribbean island. Continue reading Secret Guide: Barbados

Secret Guide: The Algarve

Covering almost 5,000 square kilometres along Portugal’s southern coastline, the Algarve is one of the country’s most enticing destinations for close-to-home summer escapism. Come here to enjoy a pleasant mini-break under the sun, or extend your stay to really uncover what makes the Algarve stand out from the rest – whichever you choose, we pick out six ways to make the most of its unique landscapes, away from the typical tourist trail. Continue reading Secret Guide: The Algarve