From giant elephants by the Loire to Stax of soul in Helsinki, there are cultural celebrations to suit all tastes across the continent
Six Instagrammers pick their favourite summer photos and give their tips on capturing holiday moments at the beach, in town, on the road and watching the sun set
From ziplines in Switzerland to walking holidays in Italy and France, plus mountain bike breaks and an outdoor festival, the Alps are worth a ‘peak’ this summer
The arrival of the first swallows is cause for celebration, but we should also think of others making the perilous journey to reach us
Despite a disastrous start, Obonjan, a relaxed grown-up festival which takes place on its own Adriatic island, promises to be a special summer event
If you thought you’d seen all there was to see of the “Marvellous City” during the 2014 Brazil World Cup, think again. Rio’s stunning natural landscape should make this the most photogenic Olympics ever. The rowing will be held on the Lagoa, a natural lake ringed by imposing black mountains; the road cycling will speed through the city’s rainforested hills; and the beach volleyball will be on Copacabana beach – also the site of the Olympic fanzone. Away from sport, the new Museum of Tomorrow in the old port district, designed by Santiago Calatrava and opened last month, looks at the need for change if mankind is to avoid climate disaster. The elegant, futuristic building is already being described as one of the city’s must-see sights. Visiting Rio during the Olympics will be expensive, but at any other time your money will go a long way as the value of the real, Brazil’s currency, has fallen sharply over the past year.
The smart way to counteract all the season’s feasting is with a bracing walk – then a warm-up in one of these 25 cosy pubs.