12 of the best beach towns in southern Europe

Quiet islands, Venetian harbours, sumptuous seafood and golden sands … these seaside towns in France, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Greece and Portugal are ingrained with the spirit of summer

San Luis Obispo, California: America’s happy valley

This historic college town between California’s mountains and its rugged Pacific coast seems to have it all. No wonder Oprah raves about it

A local’s guide to Brussels: 10 top tips

The Belgian capital isn’t all boring Eurocrats: a cast of creative types are busy doing their arty things – often with humour and a social conscience

The best public transport in Hong Kong: from double-decker ferries to funiculars

Sure, you can drop £1,000 on a private helicopter tour of Hong Kong Island – or you could jump on one of the city’s famous double-decker trams for just 21p

Ice-cream parlours are booming – and it’s not only because of Instagram and teetotalism

Offering everything from liquid nitrogen-frozen creations to vegan sundaes, a new breed of dessert bars are changing the way people socialise – and date

A local’s guide to Rome: 10 top tips

Contemporary Rome’s best bars, restaurants and culture are found in the southern neighbourhoods of Testaccio and Garbatella, a world away from the city-centre gladiators in plastic armour

The flies that bind: overindulging on the Bellarine peninsula, Victoria

The Bellarine Taste Trail maps out the many ways in which to eat and drink your way across the peninsula

The best of Lisbon’s new restaurants

The Portuguese capital’s food scene is one of the most exciting in Europe right now, offering a mix of innovative and traditional cuisine at restaurants overseen by acclaimed chefs

The best towns and small cities in the US: Portland, Maine

This buzzing city on the New England coast has a strong community spirit running through its art and music scene, as well as food and drink that’s big on local flavours