Mike Martin

Vigo – Spain’s hidden gem

The port of Vigo in north-west Spain is a highly attractive city and offers some of the country's best seafood and wine Read the guide

Waterloo: a trip back in time

Many people remember learning at school about Waterloo and the battle that made Wellington a British hero - but a visit to the actual battlefield in Belgium brings the historic event vividly to life Read the guide

Homage to a famous Belgian

In Louvain-la-Neuve, a university town near Brussels, fans of the Tintin comic books can get their fix of nostalgia at a gleaming new purpose-built museum dedicated to their creator, Hergé Read the guide

Brussels: a surreal weekend with Magritte

Brussels has always had plenty to interest the art historian and art lover. Now, it has the most exciting opening in a long time – a new museum dedicated to the famous Belgian surrealist René Magritte Read the guide

The stars of Champagne country

Champagne is, and always will be, one of the world’s great drinks – but a visit to this pretty part of France is even more rewarding than drinking the lovely stuff Read the guide