Get beyond the tourist tat, the sex museum and the stands of brightly painted clogs, and you can discover a very different kind of Amsterdam, where water will guide your way
Amsterdam is a fine city for a cultural trip, but when you've had your fill of galleries, do as the Dutch do: take to two wheels and head out of town. Bike rental is easy and so is the cycling
Gloucestershire's Forest of Dean is one of the UK's lesser-known but most beautiful forests. With oak woodland full of walking routes, cycle tracks and waterways, it makes for a great activity break
Golden beaches, rolling hills, heavenly seafood - Guernsey has everything you could want from a far-flung island getaway. But this little slice of paradise is less than an hour's flight from the UK...
The most romantic break of my life started with candlelit tapas and poolside sangria in Seville and ended in Extremadura, in a hotel so heart-breakingly beautiful we could barely step outside
From big seeds to bigger tortoises, from bat stew to Creole curry, there's more to the Seychelles than just stunning beaches
When exploring the spectacular Trossachs National Park by train and bike, you can have your cake and eat it. In Aberfeldy and Glasgow, reward yourself in some of Scotland's best cafés
Loveliest of French islands, Ile de Ré has all the ingredients for an idyllic, laidback holiday. Think long sandy beaches, retro charm, friendly people and superb seafood. Who needs St Tropez?
by Richard Shayler
The tranquil middle Thames is Wind in the Willows country. My guide visits sites immortalized in Kenneth Grahame's book as well as Jerome K Jerome's Three Men in a Boat
by Heidi Jackson
The pretty coastal town of Rovinj in Istria is such a chilled out place with cycling and easy boat travel. Hotel Park is in a superb location between the old town and Punte Corrente forest park