Nestling beneath a backdrop of steep mountains, the ancient city of Vlora on the southern coast of Albania has a setting that would be the envy of any Mediterranean resort.
Take a tour around Palermo’s crumbling back streets and uncover traces of the Beati Paoli – a secretive 16th-century society that was the forerunner to the Mafia. Nick Haslam reports.
The Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve in northern Spain’s Basque Country is a hotspot for migrating birds on the East Atlantic Flyway. Now, a hi-tech new birdwatching centre is pioneering survey and conservation work as well as offering visitors an unparalleled twitching experience. Nick Haslam reports.
For hundreds of years, the butteri in Tuscany have maintained a tradition of rearing cattle and horses in the region’s verdant pastures. Nick Haslam visits a working azienda, where he gets a taste of life in the saddle.
Julian Assange’s hoped-for bolthole, Ecuador, has much to justify an escape. Nick Haslam drives part of a new route along the Pacific coast and, right, Aaron Millar stays in a stylish lodge amid pristine cloud forest.
The government of Ecuador is making history by asking the international community to create a billion-dollar trust fund that will keep one of the Earth’s most biodiverse regions from the clutches of the oil companies. Nick Haslam reports.
Ecuador’s amazing Avenida de los Volcanes was once only for the brave. But now a new route and chic hotels along the way mean anyone can go. By Nick Haslam.
Part of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining World Heritage Site, Levant Mine, with its original working steam engine, offers a glimpse into a forgotten industrial age, where men ventured deep underground in search of natural riches, writes Nick Haslam.
Nestled just above the equator in the Gulf of Guinea, the tiny island nation of São Tomé and Príncipe has striven to forge a new identity since independence from Portugal in 1975. Its crumbling coffee and cocoa plantations speak of its colonial history, but tourism and oil are set to shape its future, writes Nick…
Australia’s Outback is one of the world’s most awesome (and unforgiving) wildernesses – but that doesn’t mean it’s off limits. Nick Haslam hits the (dirt) road between Broome and Darwin.