Destination of the week: Bogota, via Barcelona

Beaches, rainforest and colonial cities; mountains, islands and music: Colombia has many attractions for prospective visitors. But since British Airways and the Colombian national airline, Avianca, abandoned direct services from London, the country has been difficult to reach from the UK. Most travellers put up with awkward transfers via Miami or Madrid. But a new Avianca service has made life much easier: a non-stop link to Bogota from Barcelona.

Connections at the Catalan capital's relatively compact airport are quicker and less stressful than elsewhere. In addition, fares via Barcelona are excellent value. From Avianca (08705 767 747; or through specialist operators you should find fares from London to Bogota for around £650 return; these use British Airways services for the UK-Barcelona segment.

Bargain of the week: Normandy for £50

Between Newhaven and Dieppe, Trans Manche Ferries (0800 917 1201; is offering a three-day return for a car and up to five people for just £50.