The best alternative European beach destinations

There’s more to European beaches than the Costa del Sol.

Far from the madding crowds: places to explore in the Basque Country and Navarre

Beautiful Basque ticks all the boxes for those seeking sunny wide-open spaces with less footfall (which, lets face it, is most of us right now).

The heroic smugglers of the Atlantic Pyrenees

The proprietor of The Pyrenean Experience shares the story of the much-loved Basque bordermen.

Biarritz

World-class waves, top surf schools and Belle Époque architecture – you’ll find them all here. British visitors may find Biarritz reminiscent of an English south coast…

The Lost Kingdom of Navarre

Once a proud European kingdom and a former haunt of Hemingway, Navarre still has plenty to offer curious visitors.

An Englishman’s home: Europe’s most impressive castles

From complex histories to spectacular architecture, castles have so much to offer.