'Fiesta in the sun'
Mediterranean beaches, sangria in the sun and paella by the plateful.
Southern Spain has long been a popular place, but tourists are
increasingly turning to the fascinations of another Spain, far removed
from the high-rise developments lining the Costa del Sol.
'An enlightened way of life'
It's hard to generalise about
France - as Charles de Gaulle once remarked, 'how could one describe a
country which has 265 kinds of cheese?' Yet there is something about
this magnificent land which draws millions of francophiles back year
after year for a taste of la vie française.
'Sunshine, wine and smart design' :
What would it be like to wake in the
heart of the Roman Empire, lunch in a sumptuous sixteenth-century
Renaissance villa, and go to bed in the capital of twenty-first century
designer chic? Visit Italy, taking in Rome, Florence and Milan, and the
experience is yours.
- 'Europe's alpine miniature' :
Small, mountainous and wealthy, with a population of just
seven million, Switzerland is renowned for its enviable quality of life
in a country that ticks along like clockwork. Its products are sought
after the world over, from dangerously delicious cheese and chocolate to
luxurious watches whose timekeeping is as sharp as a Swiss army knife,
another popular export from this clever, little nation in the Alps.
'Europe's last best-kept secret'
Portugal is a country of astonishing beauty and diversity, not to
mention clear blue skies and friendly, courteous people. Pick any
destination and the view from your window might be a rugged stretch of
windswept coastline (Cabo do São Vicente, Castelejo, Cabo Espichel), a
pristine beach where fishermen mend their nets beside brightly painted
sardine boats (Albufeira, Bordeira, Praia do Camilo) or a cobbled street
overlooked by dazzling whitewashed houses with wooden balconies and
The Vatican City is situated entirely within the city of Rome, sprawling
over a hill west of the River Tiber, and separated from the rest of the
city by a wall. Vatican City comprises St Peter’s Church, St Peter’s
Square, the Vatican and the Vatican Gardens. The State of the Vatican City came into existence in 1929. Head of State
and Government: His Holiness Pope John Paul II since 1978.