By Johanna Bradley

Tempting Tavira: an Algarve gem

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.

Zakopane: fun in the snow!

The Polish town of Zakopane is a popular spot for winter sports holidays - and it's not hard to see why, with a superb backdrop of easy-to-reach mountain peaks and a wide range of activities on offer

Crafty Nottingham and its amazing eateries

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

Portugal - castles and culture in the Alentejo

With the opening of a new airport at Beja, the peaceful Alentejo region is all set to welcome new visitors. Share with me some reminders of a turbulent past and enjoy the serenity of the present

Hands up all those who've heard of Runswick Bay?

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.

Praia de Odeceixe - a cautionary tale!

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!

Romantic Richmond and its "Ivory Tower"

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?

A Dickens of a time in Grassington

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

An Algarve blessing at Easter

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

Guimaraes- the historical heart of Portugal

Guimaraes is a bite-sized historical gem, within easy travelling distance of magnificent Porto in Northern Portugal. Lovers of medieval charm will be captivated by this European City of Culture 2012

Girona exceeds expectations!

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.