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

Idyllic tropical islands

White sand, turtles, coral and rainforest-shrouded hills … our tipsters have sailed to far-flung archipelagos from Panama to the South China Sea

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

The best of Thailand

From remote jungles and idyllic islands to snorkelling with luminous plankton and a temple shaped like an elephant, readers share their discoveries.

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

‘I’ll sit outside with a cold beer, prawns and some oysters’ – John Torode’s Sydney

The chef and MasterChef presenter shares his favourite Sydney views, beaches, bars and seafood joints