Winter sun destinations: 10 top trips

Whether it’s yoga in Morocco, fine food in South Africa or getting off the beaten track in Brazil, here are 10 holidays to escape the winter blues

Winter sun getaways

Superb beaches and cuisine, and no sign of UK gloom … Here are bright, warm spots from the Algarve to Thailand and the Caribbean. Hammocks optional

Not so Familia: visit Antoni Gaudí’s first project – just outside Barcelona

The Nau Gaudí, 30km from Barcelona, was the first building designed by the great Catalan architect, when he was just 26. Today its elegant interior showcases contemporary art

Winter city breaks in Europe: Guardian readers’ tips

Snow and ice feature strongly in these Guardian readers’ winter break tips, but it’s not a complete white-out; your body temperature will be lifted by gingerbread and chestnuts everywhere, donuts in Naples, and dessert wine in Budapest

Top 10 affordable family summer holidays in Europe

A family summer holiday in a popular destination doesn’t have to cost the Earth. Here are 10 great options, from futuristic domes in Spain and a cabin in the south of France, to campervan road trip fun and a farm in the Tirol

Lyon city guide: what to see plus the best bars, restaurants and hotels

Now within striking distance of London thanks to the new direct Eurostar service, France’s second city is bursting with cultural ambition, with festivals, new museums and a revamped dockland area. And its famous food and wines just get better …

Top 10 family-friendly holiday alternatives to Center Parcs

If a big, sprawling holiday resort doesn’t appeal, try one of these small-scale collections of apartments or cottages where there are enough on-site activities and facilities to keep children happy for days