Through the lens: 22 amazing locations for autumn foliage

October 7, 2013 at 12:34 AM

From late September to November Mother Nature puts on one of her greatest shows. Before the stark cold winter sets in, landscapes around the world become ablaze with a spectacular display of orange, red, yellow, gold and brown. Here are 22 amazing locations where you can witness some of the best displays of rich autumn colours:

STOWE, VERMONT (Photo: Patrick Breen)

STOWE, VERMONT – (Photo: Patrick Breen)

Majorca: the perfect choice for a spring or autumn break

September 23, 2013 at 12:09 AM
Paguera Rural Village and Cala Fornells, Majorca

Paguera rural village and Cala Fornells, Majorca

Only two hours flying time from the UK and well served by an ever increasing number of budget airlines, Majorca —or Mallorca— has a great number of activities available to keep spring and autumn travellers occupied. Thousands of people visit Majorca during the summer months because of the guaranteed weather, lively resorts and its world-class beaches; but this is only half of the story. The best-kept secret is that Majorca has so much to offer as a holiday destination 52 weeks of the year.

At the end of October, as the tourists bid adieu en masse, the sigh of relief is almost audible. A state of tranquillity resumes. Those with insider knowledge will tell you Majorca is a game of two halves: summer and winter. For the discerning traveller, spring and autumn breaks in Majorca are the preferable option. In the recent readers’ travel awards, Conde Nast Traveller voted the Balearic Islands as number one in the ‘Best Island’ category; with the most enticing places to stay, ahead of the Maldives and the Seychelles. It’s the perfect place for an off-season luxury villa rental holiday. Out of season travellers have a different mindset and criteria when it comes to selecting a luxury break. With its vast array of daily events and cultural curiosities, Majorca competes effortlessly with Paris, Barcelona and Madrid.

Summer solstice: Barcelona style

June 16, 2013 at 4:37 AM
Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona

Barcelona has seven beaches to choose from. Photo: Sagrada Familia cathedral

The Festival of Sant Joan is known as the ‘Nit del Foc’, or night of fire, and is held over June 23-24. A magnificent festival marking the beginning of summer, during which bonfires and fireworks illuminate the sky, it celebrates the heat given us by the sun; a symbol of fertility and wealth. It’s also said that the fire cleanses your soul, but whether that’s true or not, expect an electric and revitalising atmosphere. Streets fill with a mass of people dancing, but the beach is an equally great location to enjoy the festivities; locals arrive early to guarantee a space for a glass of cava! The celebrations carry on through the evening and well into the early hours, but booking a well-placed apartment means you can party the night away whilst having a handy retreat, or simply enjoy the spectacle from your own balcony.

Under-the-radar summer destinations in Europe

June 2, 2013 at 6:08 AM
A trattoria amoung the sassi of Matera (Photo: vic15)

A trattoria amoung the sassi of Matera (Photo: vic15)

If jostling with summer crowds and sunbathing elbow-to-elbow with other tourists on the French Riviera doesn’t sound like the most appealing summer holiday destination, don’t worry there are still plenty of beautiful, off-the-beaten path destinations in Europe to explore. These little gems are far from the swarms of tourists and are a perfect summer hideaway; so if you want to avoid the crowded hot-spots, here are some under-the-radar summer destinations in Europe that are worth visiting.

Make a splash at water parks this summer

May 7, 2013 at 1:52 AM
 Siam waterpark in Tenerife

Siam waterpark in Tenerife

Summer is almost upon us and that means it’s time to bring your bathing suits, flip flops and sunscreen out of storage. What better way to cool off during a summer vacation than at a water park? If you’re looking for some family fun in the sun why not slip and slide your way into summer at one of these fabulous water parks: