Swim straight into the scenery at spas offering widescreen angles from their pools and hot tubs The Scarlet, Mawgan Porth, CornwallSet on the clifftop overlooking the spectacular Cornish coastline, the freshwater pool at the Scarlet is fringed with reeds and studded with granite rocks, giving it a wonderfully un-hotel, wild swimming feel. Warm up afterwards…

Done Spain, Italy and Greece? These countries offer spectacular landscapes, unspoilt swimming spots, ancient towns – and affordable prices With the Adriatic to the south and mountain ranges in the north, Montenegro is an easy place to combine a beach break with a more active holiday. The beach scene is centred on the medieval walled…

Depsite its dark 20th-century past, the country is now a traveller’s paradise of amazing landscapes, coast and historic cities “It used to be rare that journalists would come here,” says Elton Caushi, head of tour operator Albanian Trip, who I meet in the capital, Tirana. “When they did come, they only wanted to talk about…

A tour of Britain’s most easterly inhabited island – Mersea – reveals centuries of history, and a newly revamped pub The oyster beds and sandy beaches of Britain’s most easterly inhabited island have been attracting visitors for centuries. Mersea is just a few miles south of Colchester, once Camulodunum – capital of Roman Britain –…

As Nottingham Forest kick off the season in the Premier League for the first time in two decades, we go on a crawl of the city’s top craft ale bars It’s not just Nottingham Forest on the up now that the Reds have made the top flight for the first time in 23 years. Nottingham’s…