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

The best of the UK seaside

Nostalgia, beaches and ice-cream come together in perfect harmony as 12 authors and locals choose their favourite places on the UK coast, with places to stay

City breaks with kids: Brighton

This series of city guides for families heads to the Sussex coast for seaside attractions galore – plus plenty of museums in case of wet weather

Staycations and carnival – a Weymouth photo essay

In the last days of the summer, and with a new school term looming, photographer Alicia Canter takes a fond look around her hometown in Dorset, which is enjoying a boom in visitors

Travel 2016 – Tip 22 – France – Collioure

This tip refers to the Catalan town of Collioure, which is on the Cote Vermeille. The Côte Vermeille is a region in the French department of Pyrénées-Orientales, near the border with Spain. The Côte Vermeille stretches from Argelès-sur-Mer to the border village of Cerbère.

The French Railways are no longer on strike, so it only took 65 minutes to travel from Narbonne to Collioure on the train. There was a cloudburst when I arrived, so I had to use my umbrella for the first time on this trip.

The streets were awash as I splashed my way to the hotel.My room overlooks the Chateau Royal. The sun soon came out and started to illuminate the pastel shades of the houses in the centre of town. The Fauvists came here during the summer months, including Henri Matisse, and images of their paintings can be seen around town at the exact places where those paintings were originally created.