On Portugal's Algarve coast, pretty Tavira is a place to stroll around, sit at waterside cafes, eat pastries and watch the boats bob. It's also holiday heaven for beach-lovers.
As the plane drops down into Faro, you catch a tantalising glimpse of them – the offshore islands of the Algarve. With their beaches, dunes, lagoons and seafood restaurants, the "Ilhas" are idyllic
Fine cuisine in the marina, sea views,long,sandy beaches and a warm North-East welcome await you in Hartlepool, host port for the final leg of the Tall Ships Races in 2010.
An easy pace, uncrowded, mostly sunny - Winter and Spring in the Algarve can be the best time for getting active- walk, cycle, play golf or simply sightsee around some lovely towns and villages.
Nottingham, with its castle, canal and caves, is a great place for a weekend break but if all you want to do is to shop and eat then you've definitely come to the right place
Like Tess in Freya North's novel "Secrets" I love Saltburn-by-the-Sea. Victorian architecture, cliff top walks, Italian gardens that meander down to the beach, a pier, cliff lift- what more do I need?
You're rarely more than a few minutes from a church or cake shop in any town in Portugal, but lovely Tavira in the Eastern Algarve takes the biscuit! Culture, cake, or a bit of both- it's your choice.
Stepping stones, cascading water, ducks under the bridge-English village life at its very best. Add in a great pub or two and you have the perfect getaway; and you can help save the environment too!
Photographers, artists, fossil hunters, lovers of our stunningly varied English coastline; just some of the people who've discovered the North Yorkshire village of Runswick Bay and come back for more.
Odeceixe, on the border of the Algarve and the Alentejo, has a glorious beach and the cheapest accommodation I've seen in a long time. Just make sure you get that beach trip right...unlike me!
A mighty castle,a huge cobbled market place,an original Georgian theatre where you can appear onstage,walks beside the tumbling brown River Swale- fine ingredients for a special break,don't you think?
I've lost my heart to Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales! This small town with a village atmosphere celebrates Christmas unashamedly, appealing to the child in me as I join in the torch-lit procession
I'm not an especially religious person but I couldn't help but feel blessed to witness the Easter celebrations at Sao Bras, a small rural town in the Algarve, just 11 miles north of Faro
Barcelona undoubtedly is a fabulous fast-paced city, but if you need a little "time out", Girona is easily reached, full of quiet corners and arcades, and nestled within city walls with amazing views.