By Mary.Novakovich

Relax: you’re on Ré

There’s no need to rush on Ile de Ré. Once you're on this enchanting island off France’s Atlantic coast, swap four wheels for two, tuck into fresh seafood and enjoy a few days out of time

Linger in the Luberon

Spring and autumn are the best times to wander through Provence’s best-known regional park and enjoy the lush landscapes and pleasant market towns of the Luberon

Krk: pure gold in the Adriatic

It doesn’t get the attention its better-known Dalmatian neighbours enjoy. But it’s easy to see why Krk’s landscapes and light have given the island its nickname of the golden one

Pleasures of the past in Pézenas

The Languedoc town of Pezenas was once home to Moliere, France’s most popular playwright, and the creative tradition carries on strong within its medieval streets

A taste of the high life in Corsica

Calvi’s citadel gives you a soaring view of the sea and more than a glimpse of the rugged mountainous interior that helps to define the real character of Corsica

Idyllic days in Tuscany

If your ideal holiday is some good walks, great views and exquisite food, there's a wonderful agriturismo in Chianti that has all the right ingredients

Go with the lava flow in Sicily

From walking up Europe's highest active volcano to people-watching on the chic streets of Taormina, Sicily has no shortage of riveting experiences

Feel the heat in Barcelona

Ever since Barcelona hosted the 1992 Olympics, there’s been a buzz to this lively Mediterranean port that just keeps on growing

Sun, sand, sea and Sète

The lively French Mediterranean port of Sete is the perfect place to indulge a passion for seafood and long sandy beaches

Carcassonne’s medieval majesty

The dramatic fortress town of Carcassonne has kept the spirit of the Middle Ages alive in the Languedoc region of France - to visit it is to find yourself in a fairy tale

Foodie heaven in Nice

The capital of the Côte d’Azur, Nice is one of France’s culinary hot spots, mixing a strong Italian influence with the finest local ingredients

Montpellier magic

The vibrant university town of Montpellier is one of the most dynamic in France - and by way of a bonus, it’s also just a stone’s throw from the Mediterranean