By Mary.Novakovich

Relax: you’re on Ré

You notice the difference as soon as you cross the bridge that connects La Rochelle with one of France’s most enchanting islands.

Linger in the Luberon

There’s no question that the sanest time of year to visit the Luberon is out of season.

When in Rome, go south of the river

Everyone has their favourite area of Rome, whether for the cultural offerings, the restaurants, the history, the architecture or the overall atmosphere.

Chilling out on an Italian island

“Before you catch the hydrofoil, try some of this.” Our guide, Fabio, had ushered us into an unassuming little café on the waterfront at Trapani, western Sicil

Idyllic days in Tuscany

Few sights can cheer up a walker more after a strenuous hike than that of a long table set in a shaded terrace, overflowing with good food and wine and filled with lively diners.

Go with the lava flow in Sicily

It’s a surreal sight to see snow on warm ground. Rivers of lava are adding vapour to the thick cloud that is engulfing Mount Etna, which resembles a moonscape.

Feel the heat in Barcelona

Vibrant, gloriously sunny, dynamic, energetic, a bit bonkers – it’s as good a way as any to describe Barcelona, the Catalan capital, on Spain’s northeastern coast

Foodie heaven in Nice

First-time visitors to Nice could be forgiven for thinking they’d forgotten to stop and somehow ended up in Liguria.

Montpellier magic

Montpellier describes itself as the city where the sun never sets, and it’s not far off the mark.