By Joe.Shooman

Ephesus: cradle of civilization

Head to Ephesus and Izmir, on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, to discover impressive ruins, browse through fantastic markets and drink some surprisingly great wine

Fest in the Faroe Islands

First, you have to figure out where they are - but once you get to the Faroe Islands, you'll find magic and music, especially if you go for the phenomenal G! Festival that's held there every July

Southport: fun by the sea

Napoleon, Dan Dare and lots of books: discover a side to Southport that's way more than just excellent fish and chips

Santander is superb

Northern Spain, and particularly Cantabria, is often overlooked by sun-seekers. But base yourself in Santander and you can discover beaches, food and wine to rival anywhere in the world

Llandudno: more than a pier and candy floss

Llandudno is a Victorian seaside town with more to offer than you might expect. Where else could you go skiing before walking down the pier and then end up in a punk rock gig?