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Adrian Phillips heads south from Lisbon to explore the Alentejo, a region blessed with impressive oak trees and cultural curiosities

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Britain's first mainstream naturist package holiday to Istria, Croatia offers a chance to try the continental tradition of going au naturel. Tristan Rutherford grins and bares it
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Summer is the best time to explore the Czech capital, as the city bursts into life with art exhibitions and classical concerts, writes Chris Leadbeater
Rock on: Lava outside Vestmannaeyjar

Iceland: A giant sleeps under this land of ice and fire

A new museum reveals how a volcano almost obliterated Heimaey island
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Summer escapes: Holidays on the edge

Europe's varied coastline means there's always somewhere that will appeal to you and your family. From brilliant beaches to activity breaks and villa rentals, Sarah Baxter reveals some shore things

Ghost town: Oradour-sur-Glane's stark scenery

Occupied France: A tragedy frozen in time

Oradour-sur-Glane preserves the history of a 70-year-old atrocity, writes Tom Adair

Sea here: the harbour at Sciacca

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Using the freshest fish and local vegetables, chef Fulvio Pierangelini introduces Caroline Phillips to the island's simple but sublime cuisine

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