When in room ... and from Hotel Le Continental, Bordeaux.

Keys to the cities

A Bordeaux bolthole for $120 a night? A riverside retreat in Lisbon for the same? Here's our guide to some of Europe's best-value hotels and guesthouses this season.

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Nafplio harbour with Bourtzi 
 fortress. Nafplio, 

Hooked on a classic

With its crossroads heritage, welcoming locals and excellent tavernas Nafplio is just the place for a novice traveller, writes Kate Armstrong.

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Greece, Ionian Islands, Zakynthos, Shipwreck Bay, elevated view

Hope in a Greek tragedy

Athens wants to shake its tourism industry’s image of sun, sand and sex, writes Helena Smith.

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Spanish paella.

Truth of the platter

Heading to Europe and eager for authentic and delicious food in convivial surrounds? Here's what to look for - and avoid, writes Andrew Purvis.

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Minoan magic ... a fresco in the palace at Minos.

From real to imagined

With expert guidance, Juliet Rix unearths mythological tales and Minoan palaces on the island of Crete.

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