2. Finding feminine rocks in the Alps
It was an uphill struggle for the female mountaineers of the nineteenth century, who twice sweated to gain a foothold in the Great Explorers Hall of Fame. In 1871, Leverbadian Lucy Walker became the first woman to successfully climb the Matterhorn, and her pioneering efforts were recognized with a new walking tour at the Monte Rosa Hotel, where she began her ascent. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the event, the two hotel owners designed walking paths to explore Zermatt from a female perspective. Meanwhile, spa sessions and cooking classes give 20th century men an equal opportunity to excel in defying stereotypes.
Hotel Monte Rosa (00382 69 300600; monteroszermatt.ch) from £932 for two people, excluding flights. To book with tour operator security, try Tui (0871 971 0577; tui.co.uk), which offers a seven-night stay (without the extras above) from £1,416, including flights.
3. Blitz Jumper in Gozo
The underwater world is an endless fantasy. Within minutes you can come down from reality and move in peace and listen to the sound of your heartbeat. A playground of caves, grottoes and tunnels, Malta’s sister island of Gozo has some of the best diving sites in Europe. Floating through pools of light shimmering in Xlendi Cave and disappearing into the Blue Hole, rock tubes fall and weave through limestone formations. A warship wreck dive and a cruise ferry add to the adventure.