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Port Wine

Poitou-Charentes: a region of glorious contrast

Poitou-Charentes is a region of contrast, balancing the natural beauty of the Atlantic coast and the Cognac country along the river Charente, with an array of activities and sights that will delight visitors of all ages.

48 Hours In: Porto

Portugal's majestic 'City of Bridges' offers formidable waterside views – and lots more to whet the appetite, writes Chris Gibson

Seven islands, seven landscapes: The Canary Island's busy network of

There are two essentials to island hopping, namely islands with enough contrast to warrant a hop, and an easy means of making such a hop. These days, it's easy to take in the multiple personalities of the Canary Islands in only a few short hops by hydrofoil and high-speed ferry.

24-Hour Room Service: Aquapura, Douro Valley, Portugal

Northern Portugal's Douro region might be most widely acclaimed for its luscious port wine, but this is not the only thing that visitors to the area will want to soak up. Drive inland from the city of Porto, tracing the river Douro upstream, and upon entering the Unesco-listed Alto Douro region, the landscape really begins to take your breath away.

48 hours in: Genoa

Pesto, piazzas and palaces are among the highlights of Italy's principal port. And spring is the best time to enjoy them in splendid isolation, says Harriet O'Brien

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Naples, Italy

Now's the time to visit this vibrant Italian city: the streets are finally litter-free, the sun is shining – and the other tourists haven't yet arrived, says Harriet O'Brien