Mediterranean

  • Luxury on the high seas

    When you hear the word 'cruise' perhaps you picture a kind of floating package tour aboard a vast and impersonal ship where thousands of passengers occupy identikit cabins in a...

  • Sailing off the coast of Croatia

    Once it was rebuilt after the conflict in the former Yugoslavia, Dubrovnik became one of the most popular destinations around the Mediterranean. No doubt its cobblestone streets, lined with whole...

  • The glamour of the Cote d'Azur

    Before Brigitte Bardot became Saint Tropez's most famous resident, the French Riviera had long been a haven for artists, writers and other bohemians. Then the fashion icon put the little...

  • Djerba, the land of the Lotus Eaters

    Homer tells how Ulysses, fleeing from the siren's haunting song, came across a beautiful island where delicate fruit grew: the home of the Lotus Eaters. All the sailors tasted the...

  • Rhodes: simply colossal

    "In Rhodes the days drop as softly as fruit from trees" is the marvellously evocative phrase from Lawrence Durrell's Reflections on a Marine Venus, his memoir of the two years...

  • Plitvice, a watery paradise in Croatia

    In recent years, Croatia has changed from a relative unknown to one of the trendiest destinations in Europe. To a great extent this is due to the country's rocky littoral...

  • Capri: a luxury resort since Roman times

    Back in classical times, the Emperor Augustus described it as the island of dolce far niente – the expression that captures so well the Italian understanding of 'the sweetness of...

  • Sardinian chic on the Costa Smeralda

    The transformation of this wild, practically uninhabited, stretch of Sardinia's northeastern littoral began back in the Sixties, when it was 'discovered' by the Aga Khan. Together with a group of...

  • Bodrum: where the Aegean meets the Med

    Homer described Ionia – as the Ancient Greeks knew this stretch of the beautiful Aegean littoral with its pristine beaches and crystal waters – as “a land of eternal blues”...

  • Tipaza, home of the gods

    This beautiful city by the sea, with its sandy beach and clear skies, was beloved by the philosopher Albert Camus. Close to the cliffs stands a headstone where it's just...

  • Kotor, the best kept secret in Montenegro

    After a major earthquake hit the Montenegrin coast in 1979, causing great damage to the Old Town of Kotor, the city was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, which...
  • Corsica: the Med's greenest island

    A land that has been conquered and reconquered time and again, Corsica is a dream setting for nature lovers, sports fans and history buffs. Its coastline – totalling over a...
  • Mount Etna: Sicily's sleeping giant

    The thousands of Sicilians who live in villages on the foothills of the volcano are constantly alert to Etna's moods and, from time to time, his grumblings shake heaven and...
  • Sign up as a sailor on an ecology cruise

    The Toftevaag left the shipbuilder's yard a century ago, destined to fish for herring in the Norwegian fjords. For the last couple of decades, though, this 60 foot veteran has...
  • Mediterranean Devilled Eggs

    Ingredients (makes 12) 6 large eggs parsley capers (optional) 12 anchovy fillets Juice of ½ a lemon 3 tbs mayonnaise 1 tbs English mustard ground pepper to taste Method Boil...
  • Make your own road movie in Sicily

    Sicily, where the people and culture are perhaps even more visceral and explosive than the volcanic geography, offers a host of delights if you are up for powerful experiences. Most...