Easyjet dropped us off, but it was a Mercedes that picked us up. V-class, chauffeured, air-conditioned and WiFied up from bumper to boot.
It was 10am, and as the luggage belt at Faro airport rumbled with golf bags, our driver, all in white and in army-clean shoes, rolled us down the coast towards Albufeira through villages scarred by economic strife, to a gated hideaway where
'Children are welcome" says the door sign of Romeo's Boutique. Underneath is another note, handwritten, advertising "assorted leggings and sweaters". Across the road, you can tuck into "French cakes, knickerbocker glory, sorbets and sundaes" at Pearly Boise. And two doors down, Not Just Travel has decorated its shop window with leaflets of its holidays to foreign parts.
Walking and cycling is the best way to explore Gozo, Malta's smaller sister island. There's no airport on Gozo so the only way to get there from the UK is to fly into Malta, drive to the north and then take a 25-minute ferry ride to the port of Mgarr.
On the way, you pass the tiny island of Comino, not much more than a big rock, and the sea can get surprisingly rough.
WHERE: Denbigh, Wales. With over 1,000 years of history this may well be the most historic market town in North Wales. Its 800-year-old Denbigh Castle still dominates the skyline.WHY: If you hanker after safari lodge luxury check out these adult-only safari-style tents.
This tiny capital of Slovakia is both the youngest and smallest capital city in the Euro region. And it is delightfully compact, which means that the quaint architecture, cobbled streets and colourful centre is easy to navigate on foot.
At the crossroads of Europe and Asia, the Republic of Georgia has been home to one of the oldest Jewish diaspora in the world dating back to the Babylonian exile some 2,600 years ago.
Since then, waves of refugees arrived escaping Byzantine persecution in the sixth century, then again after the Spanish Inquisition of 1492, and during the early 19th century, with the arrival of first Ashkenazim
It didn't start brilliantly, when we missed our connecting flight from Bogota to the coastal city of Santa Marta, and ended up running around Colombia's main airport, frazzled and grappling with paltry information and appalling Spanish, to secure a later one.
Follow the footsteps of Patrick Leigh Fermor - Greece from £645 pp with Sunvil Holidays
● This year sees the 100th anniversary of the birth of Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor - one of Britain's most loved travel writers. Mani and Roumeli are his twin odes to Greece, a country where he spent a large portion of his life.