Marketed as the sunny side of Austria’s Alps, that description didn’t quite ring true when we arrived at the last stop on our #AustrianWinter tour. But luck doesn’t always favour the bold, and with an average of 457 hours of sunshine between November and March, we wouldn’t dispute the Carinthia ski region and it’s usual claim to the sunshine crown. Add to that, Carinthia did not disappoint with its wealth of activities both on and off the slopes, regardless of the weather.
Forget the coast – if you love unravelling the culture of a country then you have to head to its cities. In Spain many of us tend to stick to the major cities. The likes of Barcelona, Madrid and Seville have long grabbed the attention of travellers with a voracious appetite for city life. But Spain is a country with lots of great smaller, lesser-visited cities, such as Zaragoza. And with a chequered history, fantastic food, renaissance and modern art, and more there are many great things to do in Zaragoza that make this one of the country’s smallest unmissable city break destinations.