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.

New Lithium-Free TRAV O SAFE

The TRAV O SAFE conforms to the latest airline safety standards for carry-on and check-in baggage and is a perfect backup power source to recharge mobile devices on your travels

Lightweight keyboard from Logitech

Slender standalone Bluetooth keyboard

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

Get fitter and more creative in the National Forest

Why not make 2018 your year for positive resolutions, and make the most of the National Forest to help you get fitter, more creative and get more out of life

February Half Term Fun, Explore and Create at World of Wedgwood

MAKE A UNIQUE MOTHERS DAY GIFT, CHOOSE FROM THREE CREATIVE ACTIVITIES

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.

Looking for Love in the Lake District, Cumbria?

Frequently voted as the UK's most romantic destination, The Lake District, Cumbria is renowned for its wild and emotive scenery, providing the perfect place to spend Valentine's Day or a romantic break away any time of year

Pick me up, Scotty!

The festive season may be over, but the celebrations never stop in Scotland. From the annual knees-up to celebrate the national Bard, Burns Night on 25 January; to stargazing in Dumfries and Galloway and chilling out in an ice hotel in the Cairngorms, Scotland is the only place to be to kick off 2018 in style

Chill out with Gentoo penguins

Waddle into the festive season at SEA LIFE London and chill out with Gentoo penguins, Santa's Antarctic helpers! With the arrival of eight newest Gentoo penguins, this Christmas is shaping up to be the biggest celebration yet. Visitors will be able to get up close and personal with these fascinating birds, with floor-to-ceiling windows and special 'pop- up' viewing dome.

Christmas celebrations come to Cutty Sark Gardens

Meet Santa and his reindeer on 25 November in Cutty Sark Gardens, SE10 as the Royal Borough of Greenwich Christmas celebrations get underway in Greenwich Town Centre

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