25 of the best beaches in Europe

Picking the best beaches in Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Greece and Croatia, with a place to stay and eat in each

Blackpool beach: a year in the life of a seaside town

Photographer Christopher Thomond visited Blackpool throughout 2017. From throngs on the pier to glorious sunsets and windswept dog walks, Laura Barton examines its appeal.


Julian Worker has written a number of travel books including

Travels through History : France

Travels through History – The Balkans: Journeys in the former Yugoslavia

Travels through History – Northern Ireland and Scotland

‘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