Cruise on Portugal's River of Gold

Words and images by Mike Pickup
The Douro river rises in Spain and crosses into Portugal at Barca d'Alva before reaching the Atlantic at the famous city of Porto. This last 125 miles are navigable and a major attraction...

Azamara Quest - the warmth of the West Indies

Cruise Miles ambassador Jennie Bond discovers the delights aboard the Azamara Quest

Disney Cruise Line re-launches Disney Magic

Discover the world of delights waiting for you on a Disney cruise

Making Med waves - Seven nights Mediterranean cruise on baord ms Eurodam

Do not underestimate the value of the cruise ship, which has gathered significant appeal to British holidaymakers

Ships of the desert - Cruising the Middle East

By Sara Macefield
Cruising the Middle East and Indian Ocean is a great way to experience these up-andcoming holiday regions.

Orient steering - Cruising the Far East

Cruises in exotic Far East and Australasia waters are growing in appeal as more cruise lines send their showboats to China.

Happy families - Cruising with the family

By Sara Macefield
With new cruise ships boasting everything from nurseries and kids clubs to surf simulators and circus workshops, cruising really is a family affair now.

Snuggly Rascals

Snuggly Rascals are headphones especially for kids that are ultra-comfortable with a snuggly, soft fleece fabric enclosing adjustable flat speaker

Pyrenees road trips

With these itineraries taking you from France into Spain and back, the Road Trip Pyrenees hopes to evoke the spirit of adventure that other famous routes such as the Route 66, the Silk route, the trans-Amazonian highway have created

Classic motoring in the old fashioned way

If the idea of stepping back in time, responding to those ever-present pleas of 'Oh, it's not like it used to be...' and indulging in a somewhat slower pace of life has some holiday appeal, then follow the advice of Iain Robertson, rent a 'classic' and tour in the old fashioned way

Winter sun

While the neighbours are salting their driveways and donning their thermals, you could be jetting off to somewhere sunnier and a whole lot warmer than a 'dreich' British winter, suggests Iain Robertson, where ‘braving the elements’ will mean lathering on extra-factor sun cream and knocking back the sundowners instead

Valentine's cities

With the most romantic day in the calendar approaching, where in the world can you whisk your loved one off to for a cosy city break that will make your hearts beat faster? In the first of o u r new seasonal feature series, Jane Anderson gives a guided tour of some of the world’s sexiest destinations

Papua New Guinea uncovered

Explore Papua New Guinea’s remote islands on board the luxurious True North. There are so many wondrous places to visit in the world, and Papua New Guinea is high up on the list

‘POLAR IF SOL’ island

It is not often a new paradise island is uncovered. The latest discovery has been named ‘Polar If Sol’, located in the South Pacific

Golf with the stars

Tenerife is not just the perfect place to play golf all-year round - it's also one of the best destinations in which to go stargazing all-year round

Golfing in Egypt

The land of the ancient pharaohs is now a mecca for golfers, as its barren desert has been transformed into green oases by some of the world's top designers. Peter Ellegard reports

New National Forest Festival 'Timber' reveals experiences, premieres and line-up for July event

Major new festival exploring the transformative impact of forests has revealed the programme of artists, performers and areas festivalgoers will adventure through for its inaugural edition this July.

Blenheim Palace family cycling day

Families and keen cyclists are invited to enjoy a once a year opportunity on Sunday 12 August to cycle around the picturesque Parkland of Blenheim Palace, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bring your bicycles (and helmets) and cycle around the spectacular Lake and over the Grand Bridge, take in the scenery and fresh air, stop for a picnic and make it a day to remember!

10 of the best - Hotel swimming pools

One of the key considerations for any holiday is the size and location of the swimming pool but some hotels take bathing to entirely new levels and, whether peering through glass walls, disappearing into infinity, overhanging treetops, swimming with the wildlife, or just lounging in the lap of luxury, Iain Robertson figures that you might appreciate his top ten of the ultimate pools of the world.

10 of the best - Glamping locations

The very thought of pitching a tent at a holiday destination can fill some people with paroxysms of dread. Fortunately, states Iain Robertson, there is a growing fascination for a more glamorous side to camping, which has been gifted the wondrous compound descript of ‘glamping’ and here are ten of the very best.

Try Canal Boating for Free at National Open Day

Become a pirate, crew a canal boat, learn the boating lingo, watch wildlife and discover the amazing places to visit on the nation's beautiful waterways for FREE. On Sunday 15 April 2018, 11am to 4pm, Drifters Waterway Holidays and the Canal & River Trust are offering people the chance to try canal boating for free at 19 locations across England and Wales

Spot basking sharks and seabirds this spring in South East Cornwall

Spring in South East Cornwall means the return of basking sharks as the plankton starts to bloom

Easter Family Fun at London Transport Museum

Visit London Transport Museum this Easter for family-friendly activities that help young ones discover the fascinating world of STEM subjects in a playful fun environment, from building a tunnel using foam rings to creating new landscapes using recycled objects

Bengali arts and culture on show

The Museum of London Docklands will celebrate Bengali culture and the upcoming Pahela Baishakh festivities with a free family festival which will include performances and workshops organised in collaboration with the local community

tapas: seville, spain

The latest in our series on famous dishes and their origin focuses on Spain's ubiquitous tapas and Seville, regarded as its heartland

tagine: marrakech

For the latest in our series on famous dishes and their origin, we head to exotic Marrakech to spotlight the classic Moroccan tagine

traditional tapas recipes

These recipes show how to cook some classic tapas dishes

chicken tagine recipe

This recipe describes how to cook chicken tagine