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Beach escapes
What kind of beach-bum are you? A Robinson Crusoe in search of a thatched hut on a remote stretch of sand, a parent in search of a child-friendly shore or someone who needs a dose of culture with your daily dip in the sea? Our collection shows the diversity of beach breaks you can enjoy: from budget-friendly stays around the world via once-in-a-lifetime exotic destinations to family-friendly apartment and villa stays right on the beach …

• Best tropical hideaways for under £40

Asia | South America | Caribbean | Australia | Africa and the Indian Ocean

• Where to stay on the beach on Bali and Lombok

• Plan your trip to the Costa de la Luz, Andalucia, Spain
+ Best budget hotels: Costa de la Luz

• Plan your trip to Calabria, Italy’s undiscovered coast

• Best places to stay on the beach in Florida

• Best budget beach stays in Rio and São Paulo states

• Top 10 holiday apartments and villas in Havana

• Our pick of budget beach stays in Sri Lanka

• Find budget beach stays in Malaysia

• Tobago: an island guide

•St Kitts: an island guide

Beach at the village of Koufonisi, Cyclades, Greece.
Beach at the village of Koufonisi, Cyclades, Greece. Photograph: Alamy
Whether by the sea, in the countryside, or in the city, find the right base – in the right location, with child-friendly facilities – and the rest of your holiday should fall into place. The following breaks – featuring hotels and self-catering options – cover the most popular destinations in Europe and the Mediterranean.


• 20 family villas for summer 2015

• Top 10 family-friendly city apartments

• 10 of the best self-catering holidays in Spain

• 10 of the best family-friendly hotels in Spain

• Top 10 family holidays on the Greek islands

• Top 10 family-friendly hotels in Turkey

• Top 10 self-catering holidays in Turkey

• Top 10 family holidays in Portugal

• 10 of the best family self-catering holidays in France

• 10 of the best family-friendly hotels in France

• 10 of the best beachside campsites in France

• Five family-friendly holiday gites in France

• Why Sitges is great for families

City breaks
Calle de Alcal, Madrid , Spain
Calle de Alcal, Madrid, Spain. Photograph: Alamy
City stays, whether a weekend break or a longer sojourn, offer travellers that great mixture of art, culture, attractions, cafes, restaurants and the allure of stays in cool hotels. This selection picks out cities that have an enduring appeal, both for their most popular sights as well as the opportunity to explore and find somewhere that feels fresh and new.

• Berlin

• Madrid

• Istanbul

• Vienna

• Stockholm

• San Francisco for foodies

• Alternative walking tours

• Marrakech riads

The great outdoors
Choquequirao, Peru.
Choquequirao, Peru. Photograph: Daniel Silas Adamson
Holidays don’t always have to be sedentary affairs; the chance to get kitted out and head off into the elements often rewards travellers with the kind of views you don’t see from a car. Explore our features on iconic wildernesses in far-flung corners of the world, but also our guides to making the most of the UK’s beautiful landscapes.

A guide to Patagonia – what to do, how to do it and where to stay
Trekking to Choquequirao, Peru’s remote Inca ruins
The perfect log cabin in Montana, US
Norway’s amazing hiking cabins
Explore our guides to the best state and national parks in America
• The UK’s long distance paths in easy chunks

• 10 easy mountains to climb around the world

• Top 10 hotels in Scotland for walkers

• Top 10 hotels in England for walkers

• Top 10 hotels in Wales for walkers

• Five UK coastal walks

Beach huts, Southwold, Suffolk.
Beach huts, Southwold, Suffolk. Photograph: David Levene
Regardless of what kind of holiday you want to try, the UK can offer a trip to suit most tastes and budgets. There’s something for the adventurous traveller in our collection here, but don’t worry – the more “relaxation-focused” among you will find some comfort, too!

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