Croatia is simply one of Europe's best kept secrets, an interesting country with a Mediterranean ambience and remarkable natural. Dubrovnik is a delight, almost a living museum, medieval in character with numerous baroque churches and where life spills spontaneously on to its pedestrianised marble streets.
The Dalmatian coastline is one of the most dramatic in Europe and extends for hundreds of miles. The cuisine is superb too, heavily influenced by nearby Greece and Italy.
Montenegro is one of the world's newest countries yet is reminiscent of the Mediterranean 30 years ago. It too has a striking coastline and centuries old fishing villages with tiny streets, Byzantine churches and market squares with stalls creaking from the weight of colourful local produce. Still so wonderfully undiscovered, it is a journey back in time.
Italy's Lake Como is the deepest lake in Europe, in the foothills of the Alps, and is just a short drive from Milan. The area boasts impressive scenery, with mountains rolling down to the water's edge.
Spain's beautiful southern province of Andalucia is the birthplace of Picasso, home of flamenco and the cradle of the gypsy life. It is a land of history and legend, where some of Europe's most wonderful cities are set against a backdrop of high plains and a sun-blessed coast.