Great Exhibition of the North: best days out in the north-east

With the summer-long arts festival kicking off next week, singers, artists and curators share their favourite places in Newcastle and the wider region

A local’s guide to Kraków: 10 top tips

It’s Kraków’s striking medieval old town, one of the finest in Europe, that attracts visitors, but the city’s youthful restaurants, bars and cultural hangouts are well worth checking out, too

Whisky galore: in fine spirits on Raasay, Inner Hebrides

Raasay, off the east coast of Skye, is launching its first real distillery and it’s a state-of-the-art affair. But it’s the beautiful island itself that retains the starring role

10 of the best pizzerias in Naples

As Naples prepares to host the world pizza-making championships, here are 10 places to go for a pizza the action

15 of the best easy rural escapes from UK cities

These UK nature sites, from a new book, Wild and Free, offer abundant wildlife within an hour’s drive of a city or town, making them perfect for a day trip.

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