Fishing could almost be the national sport of Turkey. Every day - whatever the weather - hordes of up to 200 fishermen line Galata Bridge, rubbing shoulders and sharing glasses of strong tea as they do their best to harvest the Golden Horn.
About 5 hours drive from Istanbul lies Yedigoller with its 7 beautiful lakes. This awe-inspiringly spectacular mountain wilderness is still home to bears and wolves and, while it is beautiful at any time, it is at its most memorable in Autumn.
Kiz Kulesi (the Maiden's Tower) is one of the most romantic spots in Istanbul. You can enjoy a glass of raki in the lighthouse bar or dine in a chic restaurant halfway between Asia and Europe.
Atalntic waves crash onto a black sand beach on El Herro's noth shore.
A statue of the mounted king Felipe III (apparently on a pregnant horse) stands in front of the Casa de la Panaderia, Plaza Mayor.
Don Quixote and Sancho Panza on the monument to Cervantes in Plaza de España
Winter in the Spanish highlands can be surprisingly harsh.
Deatil of Puerta del Sol
Calle Alcala leads in a majestic curve of gradn old buildings to the central hub of Puerta del Sol
Playa el Salér is one of several wild beaches that can be found just fifteen minutes from city-centre.
Bar Los Gabrieles is still decorated with the tiles that were in vogue when this was the hangout of old-time bullfighters and revolutionaries
La Albufera is a breeding ground and sanctuary for many thousands of migrating and indigenous birds.
Here Black-headed Gulls (Larus ridibundus), Sandwich Terns
(Sterna sandvicensis) and a Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) sit out a typical Albufera sunset.
Fishing boats on La Albufera swamps, near Valencia, Spain
La Albufera is particularly famed for its romantic sunsets.