Take your very own 'Tour de France' but leave the time trials to the experts and cycle through the gastronomic gears in little-visited Loire town Tours. Peruse its food markets for eye-wateringly amazing local cheeses, wild rabbit and the finest wines. Tarte tatin was invented nearby at Lamotte-Beuvron, so pay homage in style. You'll be wanting seconds.
If Cologne is something you splash on your temples before a night out, then you should consider a visit to the cool German city of the same name. Take a cruise down the rivers Rhine and Moselle, rent a bike, pop into Alter Wartesaal for a local beer or pick up a ticket for a show at Schauspiel-haus - the most famous theatre in the German-speaking world.
A family holiday in Turin? Eh? Well, the Italian city that brought you Fiat might just surprise you (and the kids!) so try an autumn break with a difference. They’ll be telling their friends about the Automobile Museum and the National Cinema Museum, and the gelato is pretty kid-friendly too.
'Stag Do Central' of old, Prague is now known for rather more cultured evening entertainment than cheap beer and strip bars. Prague State Opera hosts a Verdi festival in August, but there’s no black tie required at Divadlo Disk - a very highly esteemed theatre where you can watch plays by students and teachers alike - and drink Czech coffee too.
Already been on your summer holidays? Well then, it’s time to book your autumn sunshine getaway, and at this price for flights to Greece, you can’t go wrong. Araxos serves the city of Patras, from where you can jump on a ferry to hot and sunny Kefalonia.
Jet Stream? What Jet Stream? No need to worry about the weather in sunny Spain. Murcia’s 250km of coast, La Costa Cálida, (the Hot One) has over 3000 hours of sunshine each year, while the Costa Blanca city’s nightlife is hot, hot, hot so you take your tapas as nature intended – al fresco.
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