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It’s family friendly Turkey with all the chic trimmings: Alacati is just like the Riviera but at a fraction of the price

The pavement cafes are filling up; couples are holding hands in the sunshine. You could be in St Tropez — except that a bottle of good chardonnay is about a t... read more

London’s The Hoxton is busy, buzzy and sometimes a little barmy

Rating: It’s not obligatory to have your laptop, tablet or any other snazzy device up and running in the huge lobby at The Hoxton in London’s Holborn — bu... read more

Welcome to snowy Lapland… it’s just off the M3 in Berkshire 

The snow is deep and crisp and even, the air thick with the smell of gingerbread. Christmas tree lights twinkle as children slide and skid on a frozen circle of... read more

How twin enclaves of Buda and Pest make for fine whole in great European capital

Budapest has always languished in the shadows of its more famous neighbours, Prague and Vienna. Yet its glorious architecture rivals the competition, reflecting... read more

Discovering Sibenik a Dubrovnik without the tourist crowds in Croatia

A slice of splendid Croatia that no-one has heard of: Discovering Sibenik, a Dubrovnik without the tourist crowds  Dubrovnik and Split are famous cities on Cro... read more

Istria is the answer for a budget family break

Mention Istria and it’s amazing how many people are under the impression it’s simply part of Italy. The Italian influences are everywhere — from the food ... read more

Beginners will shine in this starry ski resort in Austria with royal fans including Princess Diana

Day one and our first family ski holiday is not looking promising. We’re in Lech and 13-year-old Clemmie is towering over toddlers on the ‘magic carpet’ c... read more

Vienna’s Christmas markets will sweep you off your feet

This is one of Europe’s great cultural capitals that still trades off its imperial past. The great hero Emperor Franz Joseph I (1848-1916) left Vienna loo... read more

Grindelwald in Switzerland has an alternative to skiing called ‘velogemel’ snow bikes

Never mind the skiing: Switzerland’s Grindelwald has a winter alternative that’s a blast for the family – Velogemel ‘snow-bikes’ (... read more

Vacation like Justin Bieber and Mariah Carey on the private island of Jumby Bay in Antigua

WINTER IS COMING. It’s that time of year again when those of us in cooler climes spend the morning commute negotiating slippery snow slush and dreaming of esc... read more

Malaysia’s unknown Perhentian beaches will astound you with their beauty

There may have been a sign saying ‘not suitable for expectant mothers and people with heart, back or neck conditions’ — but I doubt it. Being the wrong si... read more

Nothing happens in Wisconsin? Rubbish — it’s a fabulous playground for the whole family

Wisconsin! Why on earth Wisconsin? You must be going for the cheese, right? There sure isn’t anything else out there! Such was the derisive reaction of Ne... read more

Visit Ho Chi Minh City as the West End hit musical Miss Saigon celebrates 25 years on stage

A Vietnamese whirl! Visit Ho Chi Minh City as the West End hit musical Miss Saigon celebrates 25 years on stage  Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) played a pi... read more

Time-travelling back 150 years at Little Woodham, a Hants slice of yesteryear 

A nice day out in the 17th century: Time-travelling back 150 years at Little Woodham, a Hants slice of yesteryear  Little Woodham is a family-friendly tourist ... read more

A stress-free family break? Portugal has a chic solution, says SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE

We are standing on the battlements of Pena Palace, a magnificent 19th-century folly on a peak in Portugal’s hilltop town Sintra, which commands dizzying views... read more

Zimbabwe’s regime is gruesome but this is a beautiful country and you should go 

Zimbabwe has a terrible reputation, and for excellent reasons.  It is ruled by a brutal dictator who is surrounded by a corrupt clique of ministers who have im... read more

Terry Wogan’s homeland of Limerick offers more than just good Irish pubs

Tune in to Terry’s Limerick: Wogan’s beloved homeland provides a great deal more than just good Irish pubs The late Terry Wogan once said, ‘Wh... read more

Colombia’s vibrant cities and Caribbean beaches make for a lively cocktail

Colombia has undergone a revolution. Yes, the dark days of rule by drug traffickers (or ‘Narcos’) and guerrilla fighters might never be forgotten – but th... read more

Strictly Flamenco in Jerez: A week of lessons here and you’ll be dancing like a local

One, two, three, four — tap your toe, stamp. Sounds easy enough doesn’t it? Well, you also have to make graceful, artistic arm movements while your heels dr... read more

Wild encounters in Quaint Quebec 

Deep in the forest in the Charlevoix region of Quebec is a clearing, and in it a bear whisperer. His name is Monsieur Denis Laliberte and we are watching his bl... read more

Easy peasy Algarve: Portugal’s lush, laid-back coast is a breeze for family breaks with little ones 

Travelling with a toddler is trying at the best of times. But holidaying with a demanding infant gourmand who likes to dine on sea bass, black olives and bulgur... read more

CitizenM’s Tower of London hotel pairs affordable glamour with lukewarm service

An Inspector Calls: CitizenM’s Tower of London hotel offers affordable glamour paired with lukewarm service The Inspector called in at citizenM’s &#... read more

A holiday next door to haunted old ruins? This cottage couldn’t be any closer to spooky Rievaulx Abbey

A holiday next door to haunted old ruins? This cottage could not be closer to Yorkshire’s spooky Rievaulx Abbey The four-person Refectory Cottage sits nex... read more

As a new Caravaggio exhibition opens at London’s National Gallery here’s how you can follow in the artist’s footsteps in Rome and Naples

Caravaggio’s Rome was rough around the edges. When the young artist lived there at the turn of the 17th century, it was fractious and full of painters. Courte... read more