The Best Summer Destinations For Beach Lovers In Europe
Summer is very close and we are sure you desperately need a break, sunlight, to breathe clean air, discover new places and rediscover yourself. Summer is the perfect opportunity to start again, to go to unknown places outside of your comfort zone, away from home, but also within yourself, to challenge yourself to do things you wouldn’t normally do, to exercise, to eat healthy and to discover new cultural horizons.
Travel is the most enriching and transforming experience at every level of our being and for us the Beach Lovers, summer will always be the moment to transform us into travelers, gourmets and sea creatures.
To help you get out of your safe area and achieve that transformation you need so much, we bring you the best destinations for Beach Lovers in Europe that you should consider visiting this summer.
The Algarve is the southernmost region of Portugal, it has its administrative center in the city of Faro. Algarve is considered the most important tourist region of Portugal, because tourism and its related activities are very important for the economy of the Algarve in the summer. This region has been blessed with a privileged coastal line, since it has a great weather, small fishing villages that seem to come from a painting, a wide gastronomic proposal based mainly on seafood, and of course, those that are considered the most beautiful beaches from all over Portugal, globally recognized in social networks, its beaches are always among the highest places in the lists of incredible landscapes and beaches that you have to visit before dying.
Algarve is a growing area that has been positioning itself as one of the vacation destinations that are catching more eyes throughout Europe for this 2018. Algarve that perfect destination for couples, families and single travelers, Resorts of all sizes and focused on all types of Travelers have been building throughout the area in recent years, taking Albufeira, Praia da Rocha and Lagos as the fastest growing resort towns.
Part of the success of Algarve is that it’s one of the least expensive summer destinations in Europe, this has caused that people from the United States and all the world are putting Algarve on their bucket list as their next “must go” this summer.
Beach lovers from all over the world agree that the beaches of Algarve have a great beauty, which surprises everyone who visits them, here is a list of the best beaches of this dazzling destination:
- Praia do Tonel
- Praia da Figueira
- Praia do Zavial
- Praia do Amado
- Praia do Beliche
- Cabo de Sao Vicente
- Praia da Balança
- Praia do Canavial
- Praia dos Estudantes
- Praia de Benagil
- Praia do Carvalho
- Carvoeiro Beach
- Praia da Marinha
- Praia do Camilo
Mallorca (also spelled Majorca) is the largest and most easterly island of the Balearic archipelago, used to be known as “The island of calm” but now it is a very important tourist destination nationally and internationally. Mallorca forms, together with Ibiza, Formentera and Menorca, the uni-provincial autonomous community of the Balearic Islands.
The island of Mallorca is not only visited for being a beautiful summer destination, but also for its cultural offer and the endless activities and places you have to know, from the Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca, the town of Valdemosa, the Caves del Drach, Belver Castle, to attend the Chopin International Festival in August and many other things. Mallorca is the perfect place to taste the typical delicacies of Mediterranean cuisine, surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, it is a place rich in seafood, but also in crops and orchards, as well as pork products, which can not be lacking in Spanish cuisine.
Once you have enjoyed its streets and a delicious and fresh gazpacho, surely, as a good beach lover you are, you will want to go to the beach. Mallorca is proud owner of some of the most beautiful beaches and coves in Europe and here we leave a list of the most famous, so you do not miss them if you decide to visit this beautiful place:
- Cala Agulla
- Cala Ratjada
- Portals Vells
- Playa de Formentor
- Puerto Pollensa
- Playa de Illetas
- Bahía de Alcudia
- Cala Tuent
- Cala Mesquida
- Playa de Palma
- Playa de Muro
- Cala Varques
- Cala del Moro
- Es Trenc
The island of Mykonos is located in the center of the Cyclades archipelago, between the islands of Tinos, Delos, Siros and Naxos. History, culture, gastronomy, islands and paradisaical landscapes amalgamate a tourist offer of the island of Mykonos that never goes out of fashion and that year after year grows and is placed as one of the most desired summer destinations in Europe. Mykonos has some of the most beautiful seascapes in the Mediterranean, its architecture, its well-known rounded domes, its white houses with blue doors, its cleanliness and the layout of its streets make it a place that seems to have been taken from a fairy tale.
Mykonos offers, in addition to its dreamy views, a gastronomic offer that mixes the best of traditional Greek cuisine with the ancient Mediterranean influence. Mykonos stands out for its nightlife, as it not only serves as the perfect place to spend your honeymoon, it is also known as the ideal island to go partying and stay young.
Mykonos also has some of the best beaches in the entire Cycladic archipelago, which will make all beach lovers the happiest beings in the world if they decide to visit this wonderful place. Here is a list of some of the best beaches on the island of Mykonos:
- Super Paradise Source
- Kalo Livadi
- Platis Gialos
- Agios Stefanos
- Agia Anna
- Agios Loanis
- Agios Sostis
French Riviera/Cote d’Azur, France
The French Riviera, also known as Cote d’Azur(The Blue Coast), is the part of the Mediterranean coast in the French southeast. It is one of the most important tourist centers in Europe and has been home to many characters, celebrities and artists. The French Riviera, by tradition, is the favorite place for the wealthiest people and the most recognized celebrities in the world to spend their summers: Princes, oil magnates, Arab sheikhs, kings and billionaires have chosen this place to have their vacation properties and its yachts to sail the waters of the Mediterranean.
From Marseille to Nice, the French Riviera is the seat of the Principality of Monaco, located in the city of Monte Carlo, Saint Tropez and Cannes, world famous for its film festival, as well as Nice and Saint Raphael. Despite its status as a luxury area, visiting the Cote d’Azur, is not exclusive to the rich and famous, good planning and saving can take you to this exquisite destination without any problem.
The French Riviera is a cosmopolitan area that offers all kinds of cultural activities, activities that you can find in its beautiful streets or in theaters, museums, squares and cathedrals. In short, a simple walk through any of the towns that make up the French Riviera is already a cultural activity in itself.
The French Riviera is also a fabulous place to delight the palate, because if we talk about gastronomic offer, France is by far the world capital of culinary art and many are the “trademark” dishes of the French Riviera that you can enjoy: The bouillabaisse, the emblematic dish of La Riviera, a soupe bou pistou, salade noçoise, ratatouille or a tropézienne cake. In the Cote d’Azur, you will not be hungry.
But what about its beaches? Don’t worry beach lover. The French Riviera has for all of us some of the most incredible beaches of the Mediterranean that you will be able to enjoy when you visit this beautiful place that will never go out of style:
- Plage des Sablettes, Menton
- Plage des Cigales – Port Grimaud
- Larvotto Beach – Monte-Carlo
- Pampelonne Beaches – Saint-Tropez
- Cap Taillat, Saint-Tropez
- Nice – Alpes Maritimes
- Sainte-Marguerite island – Iles de Lérins – Cannes
- Paloma – Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
- La Mala – Cap d’Ail
- Valras Plage, near Béziers
- Grande Plage, Saint-Jean de Luz
- Plage des Marinières, Villefranche-sur-Mer
- Point Zero beach, La Grande-Motte
- The beaches of Sète
- Palombaggia Beach, Corsica
- Plage En-Vau
- Calanque de Sormiou
- Port Miou
- Calanque Morgiou
Sardinia is one of the twenty regions that make up the Italian Republic. Its capital and most populated city is Cagliari, it is also the second largest island in the Mediterranean and the eighth in Europe. The island of Sardinia is famous for its goat and sheep cheeses and wines, these activities are its main economic activities apart from the extraction of granite and other minerals, however, most of the Sardinian economy is focused on trade, services and tourism.
Sardinia has many tourist areas of extraordinary beauty, such as: The Costa Smeralda and Gennargentu. Famous also for its archaeological vestiges dating from the Bronze Age. Sardinian cuisine offers its own version of Mediterranean food, based on pasta and cheeses: Culurgioni, malloreddus, seafood grills, a fabada or its best quality sausages are at your disposal to delight your palate and grant you one of the best culinary experiences of the Mediterranean.
Cultural activities are everywhere in Sardinia, its architecture, its medieval atmosphere and its archaeological remains, are the most sought by tourists, but you can also find museums such as the National Archaeological Museum of Cagliari and enjoy wonderful walks through the streets of their villages port and squares.
Sardinia is, without a doubt, the place with the most beautiful beaches in all of Italy. Its paradisaical beaches, similar to those of the Caribbean can be found around the island, these are some of the best:
- Spiaggie Rosa (Budelli)
- Spiaggie del Principe (Arzachena)
- Playa Badesi
- Playa de la Pelosa Stintino
- Playa de San Giovanni
- Playa de Mugoni
- Playa del Bombarde
- Playa del Pevero
- Playa de Capriccioli
- Porto Zafferano
- Playa de Portixeddu
- Playa Colostrai
- Porto Giunco
- Cala Goloritzè
Croatia is perhaps the destination that you had not thought about for this summer, but despite not sounding much like a destination with beaches and water activities, Croatia and its coasts are becoming one of the most popular summer destinations in Europe in recent years. Bathed by the Adriatic Sea, Croatia is the proud owner of the best beaches in the area being Dubrovnik its most famous destination. But Croatia not only offers beaches, it also offers fun for all kinds of people, nightlife and parties, discos, pubs, bars and terraces for you to have unforgettable nights. Culturally speaking, Croatia offers all kinds of entertainment, you will find musical festivals of varied styles in all its main cities, as well as outdoor plays, museums and national parks, such as Plitvice, which is the most famous in Croatia, for its landscapes of incomparable beauty.
Croatia has more than 1000 and 6000 kilometers of coastline with a variety of types of beaches for all tastes, 116 of them, perfectly equipped for all tourists who visit this beautiful country every summer. These are the most popular and beautiful beaches of criticism that all Beach Lover must visit if it makes Croatia and its beaches, the place chosen for this summer:
- Zlatni Rat (Bol, Brac Island)
- Zrce Beach (Novalja, Pag Island)
- Kandalora Beach (Frkanj Peninsula, Rab Island)
- Hvar Islands (Pakleni, Hvar Island)
- Brela Beach (Vrulja)
- Baska Beach (Krk Island)
- Spiaza, Susak
- Bačvice, Split
- Banje Beach, Dubrovnik
- Lubenice Beach, Lubenice
- Betina Cave, Dubrovnik
- Saharun Beach, Dugi Island (Dugi Otok)
- Divna Beach, Dalmatia
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