The mysterious mountainous kingdom of San Marino perches precariously on the slopes of Mount Titano. It’s the world’s oldest republic and the third smallest independent European state after the Vatican City and Monaco. But despite its size, there are very many things to do in San Marino. Enveloped by Italy’s Emilia-Romagna and Le Marche regions, close to the Adriatic coast in central Italy, this curious place of towering mountain peaks and castles has a colourful history dating back to AD 301, and yet it is home to one of the world’s most exciting and high-tech sporting events.
Glorious sunshine and golden sandy stretches have catapulted the Canary Islands onto the European hot list for a winter sun pick me up. While a week lounging by the pool is all-too-inviting, there are always benefits to mixing things up a little and exploring and there are plenty of great things to do in the Canary Islands. Infuse a little variety into your break and fly or sail the Atlantic Ocean and you can easily visit more than one of this island group, each with an individual character that makes them intriguingly unique. Start by making Tenerife or Lanzarote a base for your holiday and add a day trip to one of the other islands, or even spend a night in Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, La Gomera, El Hierro or La Palma.