Think of a foodie destination in Europe and Croatia may not spring immediately to mind. But perhaps it should.
Croatia is home to not only succulent fresh seafood but unique cheese, excellent wines and even gigantic truffles – in fact, the largest truffle ever found was discovered here in the Motovun Forest.
All these and more make Croatia not just a destination for sun, sea and island hopping, but for gourmet exploration to boot. I toured the country with Relais and Chateaux and found their restaurants offered the best local cuisine prepared by superb chefs. Book a stay at each of their properties for an unbeatable introduction to Croatian cuisine, driving from one to the next on the country’s most delicious road trip.
Check out my top five Croatian foodie experiences in my article for Rough Guides.
When it comes to the Canaries, misconceptions abound. Isn’t it all high-rise hotels and all-day breakfasts?
Well, no. There is so much more to these Atlantic islands than their “Brits abroad” reputation – a reputation that is, in my opinion, extremely unfair.
Because Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote in particular have exciting, diverse and high quality food scenes. Here you’ll find Michelin starred restaurants, local produce from fresh seafood to the juiciest tomatoes you’ll ever taste, and some of Europe’s best – but least widely exported – wines.
I visit the Canaries several times each year and on my last visit I set out on a gourmet odyssey around Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote for The Times.
I’ve always been interested in property and especially those dream homes in the sun that Australia has always seemed to offer. So I was delighted to write my first piece for the Sunday Times Home section recently, getting the chance to interview existing contacts and new ones about the Australian property market and the dream homes they had found or were looking for.
It turns out that with the exchange rate the best it has been for five years, this is the perfect time for Brits to buy property Down Under. Tempted? Read my feature about the market and what it might have to offer you here.