Southern Europe is a still life of food, art and scenery; from the shimmering heat and whitewashed villages of the blue Aegean in Greece to Gaudi’s Barcelona, the nut-sweet jamon and the flamenco sounds of Spain. Sunseeking long days on white sand beaches in Sardina and the Costa Brava in Spain, to jumping from rocks into the refreshingly cool Mediterranean in the Amalfi Coast, Italy. Travellers looking for a dollop of La Dolce Vita can swan around the Cinque Terre or take a cycling tour through Emilia Romagna; take a Camino pilgrim trails along lesser known coastal routes in Spain, Portugal and Italy, admire Renaissance masterpieces in Florence, or simply relax on the shores of Lake Como in Italy. Rejoice for an open-air pantry of olive groves and orchards of peaches, ripe tomatoes and fragrant basil, compare tapas in Barcelona to pintxos in San Sebastian, and learn the secrets of a ragu in Bologne and golden pasta shapes with egg in Tuscany. Variations on a theme are endless.