Off the Beaten Path in Split, Croatia

getting off the beaten track in split croatia sailing in the harbour

Split is not exactly a hidden gem. A lively university city, Split is also a magnet for those on a gap-year, seen hauling their backpacks along its harbourfront. Ferry boats lining its quayside bear testament to its popularity as a jumping-off point for island-hopping around the Croatian coast. Split is also a popular port of […]

7 Reasons for Spending Christmas in Vienna (& The Best Things to Do)

rathaus-vienna-on-christmas-dau

Christmas in Vienna is magical. With its imperial architecture, magnificent museums, classical music scene and cafes galore, Vienna is a superb destination at any time of year. But at Christmas, it is transformed into a sparkling, festive wonderland, and one that is well and truly open for business. And Vienna is a great destination if […]

One Day in Warnemünde & Rostock, Germany: Europe’s Hidden Gems

distinctive beach chairs seen in a day in warnemunde germany

Rostock and Warnemünde, Germany are probably two of the loveliest places in northern Europe that you have never heard of. Situated in northeast Germany, Rostock is one of the country’s finest former Hanseatic cities. Warnemünde, on the estuary of the Warnow River, is the seaside resort of Rostock and has a sensational broad sandy beach, the largest on Germany’s Baltic […]

One Day in Stockholm, Sweden: Perfect Itinerary From A Cruise Ship

rover with boats and buildings on bank seen during one day in stockholm

I loved my day in Stockholm and was utterly seduced by its setting and its medieval old town. With its Baltic Sea archipelago, Stockholm boasts the most spectacular approach of any port that I have visited on a cruise.

If like me, you are visiting Sweden’s capital as part of a cruise and have only 24 hours or less to seek out the best bits, you will need to make some tough choices. To help you make the most of your day in Stockholm, here are some essential practical tips, including how to get from the cruise terminal, and my pick of what to see and do.