Hidden idylls and stunning sunsets: late summer breaks in Europe, chosen by readers | Europe holidays

[ad_1] Winning tip: wild shores and exotic plants, Lanzarote The north of the island of Lanzarote is a hidden idyll where sunsets burn golden orange and surf pounds the wild shores. Famara Beach is a surfing paradise for families looking for winter sun and a relaxed beach community. Staying in a yurt in nearby Arrieta … Read more

A cycle through Spanish history: retracing the 1941 Vuelta a España | Spain holidays

[ad_1] The temperature stood at 42C as I rode into Salamanca one dog-day afternoon a little over a year ago. After two and a half brutal days I had finally completed stage one of the 1941 Vuelta a España, a stage won in just under eight hours by the man who would go on to … Read more

Five areas to discover in the French Alps for a great holiday adventure | Alps holidays

[ad_1] Les Bauges, Savoie While the pristine turquoise waters of Lac d’Annecy are renowned, the remote massif of Les Bauges, which rises to its west and south, is one of the least-visited areas of the French Alps. Fringed on almost all sides by great forested limestone ridges and escarpments, the interior of the Bauges feels … Read more

10 of the best tapas bars in Santander, northern Spain | Spain holidays

[ad_1] Behind Santander’s sweep of bay lies a grid of streets dotted with bars that offer a fusion of Basque-style pintxos with versatile tapas, or pinchos as they’re called here. And unlike those of San Sebastián, a couple of hours east, they are not heaving with tourists. Yet this tiny region of Spain punches well … Read more

A week on the old smugglers’ trail in Spain and Portugal | Spain holidays

[ad_1] “This whole area is riddled with smugglers’ paths.” Pepe spread an arm out wide – some feat as we were cycling up a hill at the time – and indicated the expanse of undulating scrubland to our left. Peppered with cork oak trees, and with Spain’s sparsely populated Extremadura region immediately to the east, … Read more

Serenity by sea: a calming family break on Germany’s Juist island | Germany holidays

[ad_1] My below-average German means I’m struggling for the gist of what our guide, Jens, is saying. It’s not being made easier by my six-year-old making loud farty noises in the mud with his bare feet. I eventually give up but Jens happily summarises in English, and as our small group disperses across the tidal … Read more