Every now and then, we need to reset our mind and body, to take a long vacation away from our desks and just relax and enjoy time with ourselves. When we think of relaxing holidays, we generally mean lazy days in beautiful sandy beach destinations. We’re lucky in Europe that there are some fantastic vacation options in coastal hotspots with amazing places to stay by the sea. So why not take a trip and experience some of the most breathtaking beaches in Europe?
Why Europe, you ask? There are certainly a lot of good attractions out there in the world, but none can compare to the majestic and relaxing sceneries that the continent has to offer. What better way to clear your mind but with a wide view of dramatic coastal scenery and the waves rippling across the horizon.
Here is a list of the best beach holiday destinations that you can find in beautiful Europe:
The Algarve in South West Portugal has become a popular destination for tourists from all over the globe. It remains serene and rarely has establishments around and it is almost deserted. Cool spots for you to visit are Praia de Albandeira and Sudoeste Alentejano, as well has the popular seaside towns of Lagos and Sagres.
Gorgeous sea views and beaches can be found in the country of Italy. We strongly suggest going to more than just one place to make the most of your stay here. Places to visit are Amalfi Coast, Cala Goloritze in Sardinia, Cala Tonnarella in Sicily, Trieste and Venice. When here take a drive along the coast to experience panoramic sea views.
It may not be warm, but Scotland has some wonderful white sand beaches backed by dramatic mountains. It makes a great place for outdoor adventures by the coast, with plentiful accommodation options. The Scottish Isles, in particular the Isle of Skye, has some of Europe’s best beaches and possibly the best sea views anywhere in the world.
San Sebastian, Formentera and Barcelona are two of the best city beaches in Spain. Here you can enjoy shopping, dining, swimming and partying. If you want to get away from the congested beaches and prefer a place more private and with fewer people, Cala Macarella beach in Menorca is perfect for you. Just a heads-up though -- getting there is not easy. You may need to travel far and hike a couple of miles, but all that effort will be totally worth it.
Dublin actually has beaches. It is common knowledge that Ireland has cold weather. But if you are looking for a fantastic sea view, Dublin is also home to the Cliffs of Moher and Galway’s Dolphin Beach houses are top tourist spots, too.
The Bay of Biscay is known as the Hamptons or White Islands of France. Nice is also perfect during the summer, particularly the Blue Beach and Plage Beau Rivage.
The Zlatni Rat in Brac, Split and Dubrovnik are one of the best beaches and sea views in Croatia. They are perfect places for sailing and relaxation. Most of the beaches here are isolated and peaceful.
Bodrum and Istanbul are the best places to visit in Turkey. They are clean and probably some of the most peaceful beaches in the Mediterranean.
The Santorini Caldera has one of the world’s spectacular shorelines. The sunsets are best to view from terraces. It has been described as “majestic” by most. The Navagio beach in Zakynthos, Greece is popular for its limestone cliffs and ancient shipwreck that is buried in its center.
These amazing places in Europe are perfect and you can choose to go to sites that are not as crowded like other destinations out there. Travel and open your mind and soul to the sea.