By Nicki.Grihault

Whale-watching in the Azores

Thanks to the recent introduction of a direct flight from the UK, the beautiful islands of the Azores are now easy to get to - and the rewards are fantastic, especially if you want to watch whales

The empty country: Namibia

No internet, no pollution, no hope for mobiles and no decisions about where to go for dinner - Namibia's the perfect place to get lost

Face to face with gorillas in Rwanda

It's not every day you get up close and personal with a silverback in the middle of the jungle. No wonder David Attenborough nominated such an encounter one of his career highlights

Spice up your life in San Juan

Spanish colonial buildings, hot nightlife and sassy people - just some of the ingredients that go to make up Puerto Rico's sizzling capital

Hitting the souks in Syria

Stretching over 40 kilometres, the Aleppo souk in Syria is one of the largest covered markets in the world. Here's how to find the best buys...

Set-jetting in the Bahamas

The Bahamas have provided the backdrop for hundreds of movies, many of them on or under the water. Prepare to get wet in pursuit of Bond and beyond

Easy living on Lake Como

Northern Italy’s most glamorous lake, Como has inspired countless artists over the centuries and still makes the perfect base for a lazy, laidback weekend

A yoga retreat in Sri Lanka

Ulpotha village, in the mountainous heartland of Sri Lanka, is the place to go to discover extreme yoga and enjoy a barefoot, sarong-clad break

Eco-adventure in Mauritius

Away from its famous beaches, Mauritius offers adventure aplenty, from quad biking through a deer park to trekking up mountains and ziplining across rivers

The grace and grit of St Petersburg

Few cities match the classical elegance of St Petersburg, built on a grand, romantic scale, with extravagant palaces, ornate churches and millions of artworks

Get the Dubai dune bug

Spending a night in the dunes of Dubai is the ideal way for first-timers to get a taste of desert adventures