March 10, 2017

Treviso, Veneto, Italy

The centre of Treviso is a little walled city, with medieval gates, narrow, cobbled streets of arcaded rose-red brick and stone that twist and turn like dried-out water courses - which is what some of them originally were. Tiny canals run past handkerchief-sized gardens, glide beneath houses, appear at street corners.

March 9, 2017

Portovenere, Liguria, Italy

The five Cinque Terre coastal villages to the north are better known, but are also increasingly overrun, making Portovenere (not unlike a sixth Cinque Terre village – but, crucially, with no railway access) a pretty and far more peaceful option.

March 8, 2017

Gabicce Mare, Le Marche, Italy

Italy's Adriatic coast is, on the whole, a very local place: a summer playground for Italian families. Ranks of colour-coded umbrellas mark the progression from one beach concession to another along interminable stretches of flat white sand.

March 7, 2017

Marina de Pisciotta, Campania, Italy

Pisciotta is the kind of small, southern Italian coastal town that you have a picture of in your head, but often struggle to match in the real world. The old town sits on a hill just back from its seaside frazione or offshoot, Marina di Pisciotta.

March 6, 2017

Caneiros, Algarve, Portugal

Thirty minutes from Faro airport, there is plenty to occupy everyone here – you can rent pedalos and kayaks, explore caves, have a meal at the chic Rei das Praias, on the beach. The beach also hires out generous day beds – and can even organise a massage on the beach, or a bottle of champagne in ice.