10 of the best new cycling holidays in Europe

This pick of pedal-powered tours for riders of all abilities takes in some of the continent’s best scenery, from Sweden’s forests to the lagoons of the eastern Algarve – and Provence’s iconic climb

Cabo de Gata, Spain: exploring Europe’s only desert

The arid beauty of Cabo de Gata, in Almería, has inspired works by Lorca and the spaghetti westerns of Sergio Leone – and has one of Spain’s least-developed coasts

Rev up for Europe’s fastest rollercoaster as Ferrari Land opens in PortAventura in Spain

The Red Force rollercoaster, at the Ferrari Land theme park, is also Europe’s tallest taking riders up 112 metres – and clocking in at speeds of 110mph

European city tours with locals: five of the best websites and apps

Who better to explore a city with than an enthusiastic, knowledgeable local? Smartphone-based digital wizardry means finding the right guide or tour is now only a tap away