From fjord-based book towns to the Welsh seaside, swap the scorching heat for something refreshing this summer with these European breaks.

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Tracing the footsteps of Europe´s literary greats

From the drinking dens of Dublin to Parisian coffee shops, here are the most swoon-worthy literary capitals on the continent.

Postcard Crete: Where to find the dreamiest beaches, villages & cultural treasures

Picturesque ports, honey-drenched dishes and swathes of soft sand: discover the best under-radar spots in Crete.

How to do France like a local: shop, eat and watch the world go by

Snaffle out the best mille-feuille, shop between the cherry trees and truly holiday like the French with our in-the-know guide.

From a holy historic hotel in Italy to an Irish country house won in a card game, the stories behind Currarevagh House, Coopershill House and Hotel Alte Goste are worth a read.

3 fascinating European stays with a story to share

Land of the midnight sun: Endless days in Sweden and Norway

Travel where the sun gently kisses the horizon, but never sets. We’ve rounded up the best spots for light-all-night adventures.

5 Fairytale castles in Germany you can actually stay in

Castles are Germany’s crown jewels and these five are too good to leave on your bucket-list. Don’t just stop by and snap - spend a royal night inside their walls.

Summer events in the Alps

Savour the welcome respite of the alpine regions, without missing out on the parties. It’s all in our guide to summer events in Switzerland.

Oysters to octopus: where to eat seafood in Europe

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