12 of the best beach towns in southern Europe

Quiet islands, Venetian harbours, sumptuous seafood and golden sands … these seaside towns in France, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Greece and Portugal are ingrained with the spirit of summer

TripAdvisor crowns Bournemouth the UK’s best beach

The south coast town’s golden sands have been ranked as the best in the country in TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice awards – and the fifth-best in Europe

Beach-hopping in Baja California, Mexico

As well as prime beach territory, the Baja peninsula has mountains, deserts and waters teeming with marine life. Our writer hits the road in Mazatlán, destination: Tijuana

‘Forget Miami, Edinburgh has the best beach’: Irvine Welsh and others on their favourite coastline

From solitary dips to teenage trysts, Irvine Welsh, Sebastian Barry, Kamila Shamsie, Cerys Matthews and Emma Jane Unsworth tell the stories behind the beaches they love

10 of the best beach bars in France

Trays of oysters, iced rosé, swordfish brochettes, even Trump-inspired cocktails … these bars de plage boast superb fare and sunshine vibes