40 of the perfect seashores in Europe | Seaside holidays

Greece

Fteri, Kefalonia

Reached through a mildly adventurous hike or on a brief bouncing taxi boat trip from close by Zola harbour, Fteri is an alternative choice to this fashionable island’s busy big-hitter seashores corresponding to Xi and Myrtos. Backed by white cliffs and a forested valley, Fteri stays comparatively quiet due to the slight effort concerned in getting there, however those that do are rewarded with cut-glass water and the sweep of white sand. An occasional luxurious yacht may drop anchor however there are not any snack bars or amenities, simply caves to poke round in, attention-grabbing rock formations and darting fish to tail together with your snorkel. A easy base for exploring this finish of the island is the harbour’s Anna Studios Zola (from £205 every week room-only, sleep two).

Elafonisi, Crete

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Elafonisi’s flamingo-pink seaside, linked by a shallow turquoise lagoon to a dune-studded island the place uncommon pancratium lilies fragrance the air in spring, was as soon as Crete’s best-kept secret. Even as we speak these talc-soft sands 50 miles south-west of Chania are not often crowded besides within the peak of summer time, particularly out on the island, the place sunloungers are prohibited. It’s a bumpy trip on winding roads to this paradisiacal seaside: for a stress-free manner to absorb the vibe, keep shut by at Elafonisi resort (doubles from €58 B&B).

Sarakiniko, Milos

Sarakiniko beach Milos island,
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Santorini’s spectacular caldera could also be Greece’s poster baby, however in terms of volcanic seashores, lunar-like Sarakiniko in Milos, with its startling white rocks like chalky icebergs wins fingers down. Inevitably such a hanging seaside is fashionable with Instagrammers who come to take selfies leaping from the cliffs or posing close to the seaside’s half-submerged shipwreck; fortunately, there are many sheltered coves to flee the crowds. White Pebble suites (doubles from €250 B&B, two-night minimal) offers a sublime spa haven quarter-hour’ drive from Sarakiniko.

Plaka, Naxos

Greece, Cyclades, Naxos island, Plaka beach
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Stunning seashores abound on this Cyclades island famend for its immense kouroi statues and kitro, a punch-packing lemon liqueur. Tucked behind grass-spiked dunes, Plaka sits between the energetic resort of Agios Prokopios and the near-deserted swathes of windswept Mikri Vigla, and is certainly among the best. Steps from Plaka’s dusky golden sands, Ammothines Cycladic Suites (doubles from €150 B&B) has 15 cosy suites and gives breakfasts that includes home made spinach and feta pies and spicy rizogalo rice pudding, topped with honey, nuts and tahini.

Karavostási, Epirus

 Karavostasi beach near Syvota town. Ionian sea. Greece
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Karavostási means “the place the place the ship stops”, and it’s a becoming identify for this secluded, horseshoe-shaped cove between two pine-clad headlands close to Perdika, a small village with a handful of conventional tavernas serving no-frills native delicacies on the Greek mainland close to the favored resort of Parga. With silk-soft sands and shallow waters, this distant seaside is ideal for toddlers, whereas dad and mom can strive their hand at paddleboarding and windsurfing within the small watersports centre. On a pine-studded hill above the seaside and searching to Corfu reverse, fashionable resort MarBella Elix (doubles from €142 half-board, four-night minimal) has sea-view rooms – some with swim-up swimming pools.

Simos, Elafonisos

Aerial view of Simos beach at sunset in Elafonisos island in Greece
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Strung out on the southern shores of Elafonisos island, only a ferry hop away from the beautiful taverna-lined streets of the Peloponnese city of Neapolis, this spectacular seaside is formed like a butterfly with two “wings” of positive white sand lapped by clear waters and linked by a slim strip of grass-studded dunes. For the perfect sea views, keep in a trendy suite at Double Bay Seaside (doubles from €95 B&B) inside strolling distance.

Vagia Bay, Serifos, Cyclades

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Serifos, although it options in myths about Perseus and was name-checked as a fascinating vacation spot in Yorgos Lanthimos’s 2015 movie The Lobster, is likely one of the lesser-known Cyclades islands, typically ignored by these flocking to close by Mykonos and Santorini. However it’s a magnificence, house to what should be essentially the most dramatically located of all Greek island hilltop villages, Hora, and quite a few implausible seashores. There’s Kalo Ambeli, a buttery scoop of gold nudging clear vivid water, and Ganema, backed by greenery and hills formed like Mayan temples – however Vagia is totally beautiful, and residential to Coco Mat Eco Residences (from €387 an evening B&B, sleeps 4), a low-slung villa lodge in a line of transformed miners’ cottages simply above the sand. Owned by a Greek interiors model, it’s relaxed and driftwoody, with whitewashed partitions and dashes of that inimitable Greek vivid blue. There’s additionally a trendy restaurant in a rocky nook.

Germany

Sellin, Rügen

Sellin pier Germany
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Germany’s magnificent 2,000-mile north coast – which spans two seas (North and Baltic) – has a formidable vary of Strände to select from: remoted and distant, windy and wild, and the whole lot in between. Probably the greatest is on the beautiful island of Rügen within the Baltic Sea, within the small however charming city of Sellin. Lined with stately “resort” structure, its sweeping golden sands are punctuated with basic German Strandkörbe (wicker seaside chairs), and the hanging 400-metre pier has a scenic Twenties-era pavilion. If it will get busy, there are quieter stretches to the north and south, and ferries to Hiddensee island, which has no inhabitants and no automobiles. Inside respectable proximity of the seaside is the lodge Haus Arkona, the place the rooms are large and ethereal, with a lot of mild (doubles €120 room-only).

Spain

Ses Illetes, Formentera

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A half-kilometre of positive, squeaky white sand, “little islands” is likely one of the Mediterranean’s most swooned-over seashores, with shallow, glassy waters melding from pinky-turquoise to a wealthy medicine-bottle blue. Infrastructure is skinny on the bottom, exceptions being the feet-in-the-sand chiringuito (seaside bar) Es Ministre, and the restaurant Juan y Andrea, a Formentera beachside establishment since 1972 (strive the island-caught crimson prawns a la plancha). On calm days, intrepid beachgoers swim or wade from the northern tip of Illetes throughout the slim strait to the islet of Espalmador. Cas Saliners Illetes (one-bedroom home from €90, two-night minimal), a former salt employee’s home inside minutes of the seaside, is one in all a small group of rustic-minimalist lodgings on Formentera.

Torimbia, Asturias

Overview of Torimbia beach. Niembro
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The seashores of Asturias generally function on sizzling lists of Spain’s prettiest playas. The competitors round right here is fierce, however Torimbia (six miles from Llanes) – an imposing arc of positive golden sand cradled in a panorama of ferns and plush inexperienced pastures – is definitely among the many loveliest wherever. From the small clifftop carpark (there’s extra parking half a mile away in Niembro village), it’s a 15-minute stroll down a winding path to the seaside. You’ll have to take your individual provisions, although in summer time a small chiringuito serves grilled fish, drinks and ice-creams. Garments could also be optionally available: Torimbia famously welcomes naturists in addition to nature-lovers. Resort La Portilla (doubles from €66 room-only) is a cushty, fashionable three-star set again from the shore with sea views.

Carnota, Galicia

Carnota Beach
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Regardless of being sadly named, Costa da Morte (Coast of Demise) is a spectacular coast on the wild north-west nook of Galicia. Fabulous sandy seashores are strung alongside it like pearls on a necklace, however none is extra treasured than Carnota. Wood walkways lead from Carnota village by means of marshy flatlands (a nature reserve) to a gently curving bay nearly 5 miles lengthy and backed up by dunes and scrub. The jaw-dropping scale means it by no means feels crowded, even on a high-summer day when the solar dazzles on water as clear as a G&T (and nearly as chilly). Nidos de Carnota (from €160 B&B) gives cool wood cabins on stilts on the hillside above Carnota seaside.

Cala Trebalúger, Menorca

Cala Trebaluger
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This secluded bay on the island’s south coast was saved from large-scale improvement within the Nineteen Eighties. A river slinks right down to the sand from a rocky gorge (the barranc de Son Fideu) by means of wetlands, sea grass and stands of cañas (bamboo). The great thing about Trebalúger lies within the harmonious feng shui of its dunes, cliffs, and surrounding pine forest, which appear to carry the cala in a protecting embrace. There are not any sunloungers or amenities of any type – Trebalúger is a less-is-more seaside. And the half-hour’s stroll across the coast from Cala Mitjana retains the crowds away. Keep at Ses Sucreres (from €130 B&B), an elegant and cheerfully eclectic French-owned, six-room lodge in a Nineteenth-century home in Ferreries, about half an hour from the seaside.

Sopelana, Basque nation

Rugged rock above the sea at the beach in Sopelana
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If Bilbao lacks a seaside of its personal, Sopelana – 12 miles north past the mouth of the Nervión estuary – is virtually Bilbao-on-Sea. In summer time, a lot of the town decamps right here at weekends, although it’s much less well-known amongst overseas vacationers. A sequence of seashores in various levels of dimension and wildness, from the spacious sands of Arrietara-Atxabiribil to the tiny pebble cove at Meñakoz, supply wide-screen views, superb sunsets (head for the chill-out bar at El Peñón de Sopelana), and browsing breaks in abundance. The gorgeous 750-metre stretch at Barinatxe, (or La Salvaje), reached by a stone staircase down the cliff face, has a specific attraction for 2 very totally different communities: nudists (they convene on the left-hand finish of the seaside) and paragliders. Bike parks and showers can be found at varied factors alongside the coast. Sopelana is finest accessed by metro from Bilbao (it’s a 40-minute journey; get off at Larrabasterra). Moana Eco Surf Home (doubles from €79 B&B), 400 metres from the ocean, is a wood browsing lodge with a cool modern vibe.

Calblanque, Murcia

Wooden walkway to Calblanque beach
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Regardless of being near overdeveloped La Manga and the polluted Mar Menor, the virgin seashores of Calblanque appear a world away. From Los Belones village, head south in the direction of the character reserve of Calblanque Monte de las Cenizas y Peña del Aguila (there’s a parking lot, but in addition a shuttle bus service). Filth trails meandering throughout the arid slopes behind the coast lead previous a sequence of sandy seashores and coves, every wilder than the final, from surf-tastic Playa Larga, the most important and busiest, to Playa Parreño and distant, lonely Playa Negrete. Provides of water, a snorkel and a solar umbrella are important, and there’s a lot of wildlife to identify – the reserve is a refuge for sea turtles, badgers, foxes and flamingos. Casa Rural Las Jordanas (doubles from €65 B&B) is a restored farmhouse inside the parque pure providing easy rooms a 20-minute stroll from the seashores.

Eire

Ballybunion, County Kerry

Surfers on Ballybunion Beach
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This beloved North Kerry resort city has 4 lovely seashores. They’ve been fashionable since Victorian instances and nonetheless draw an enormous crowd on sunny summer time days. However it’s simple to flee the throng by climbing the trail to the gorgeous cliff stroll above. These courageous sufficient can seek for the rope to information them right down to the abandoned Nuns seaside, with its caves and Virgin Rock sea arch. Espresso and home made waffles are served at Seaside Ballybunion as a reward for finishing the wonderful two-mile stroll alongside the Lengthy Strand or a lesson on the native surf college. A soak at Collins Seaweed Baths (€22 for half-hour) is a should, adopted by a dip within the bracing Atlantic. The Marine Resort (doubles from €120 B&B) serves nice fish and chips on its out of doors benches.

Glassilaun, County Galway

Cows and a few people on Glassilaun beach, Co Galway

West Galway’s Connemara area has dozens of white-sand seashores that would rival these of the Caribbean – if the climate would solely cooperate extra ceaselessly. Spectacular Glassilaun overlooks the mouth of Killary harbour, one in all Eire’s few fjords. The view is extraordinary, with Achill, Inishturk and Clare Island hovering to the north and Mweelrea, the very best mountain in Connacht province, within the foreground. Cows graze by the seaside and sea life might be noticed by the tiny island on the finish of the peninsula. The Misunderstood Heron seaside shack close by has develop into well-known for its Connemara lamb samosas and Killary mussels. Ard na Mara Seaside Cottage (doubles from €65 B&B) is moments from the sand.

Montenegro

Drobni Pijesak

Drobni Pijesak beach

Montenegro’s Budva Riviera is likely one of the nation’s largest honeypots, and it may be onerous to flee the crowds. However at Drobni Pijesak, slightly additional south, there are emerald waters surrounded by forested mountains, sunloungers for rent, and the 2 seaside eating places providing large helpings of Montenegrin grilled dishes. Resort Riva (doubles from €77 B&B) in close by Petrovac faces the city seaside and is a brief stroll from the favored Lučice seaside. It’s value upgrading to a sea-view room. There’s additionally a path that goes from Petrovac to the seaside at Perazica Do.

Portugal

Praia de Cacela Velha, japanese Algarve

Praia de Cacela Velha
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Within the unspoiled japanese Algarve, the place olive bushes outnumber individuals, Cacela Velha is one in all Portugal’s most lovely and unvisited seashores (with no bar). It’s framed by conventional whitewashed fishermen’s homes, full with blue trim to chase away the satan, and an historic fort that dates from the Moorish occupation. That is essentially the most easterly seaside of the Ria Formosa pure park, and its golden sands stretch for nicely over a mile, and shift in keeping with the winds and tides. The water is heat and diaphanous, with low tide revealing swimming pools and lagoons brimming with sea life. Ten minutes inland, Hospedaria (doubles from €170 B&B, two-night minimal), is a gem, with pale partitions and many antiques.

Praia da Fisica, Costa de Prata

Fisica beach
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Central Portugal’s coast is named the Costa de Prata, or Silver Coast, for the extraordinary reflection of sunshine on the ocean. Santa Cruz, 40 miles north of Lisbon, is favoured by locals. For a lot of it was the seaside of their youth, and includes a number of magnificent seashores, all with engaging rock formations, one in all which is Praia da Fisica. Fashionable with bodyboarders and surfers, it has surf college, in addition to a restaurant, Noah, serving the freshest of fish, drizzled with olive oil. Those that need to lie and admire the view is not going to be disillusioned both; right here is nature at its finest. Noah Surf Home Portugal (doubles from €90 for seven nights B&B) is correct on the seaside – with cosy bungalows from which to look at the moon dapple the darkish sea.

Praia de Canieros, Ferragudo, central Algarve

Ferragudo the Algarve, Portugal
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This quiet seaside, a favorite of the cognoscenti, is south of the beautiful city of Ferragudo, with glowing, shallow water. It boasts a significantly good seaside bar, Rei das Praias (the scarlet prawns, carabineiros, are glorious) perched on stilts and looking out on to the Leixão da Gaivota’, or Seagull’s Rock. The seaside is backed by the honey-coloured limestone cliffs that run alongside the entire Algarve coast; one aspect is given over to sunbeds. Parking areas are very limted, so it’s smart to get there early. Near the seaside is Casa Rei das Prais (doubles from €120 B&B), sister to the restaurant, a small, snug lodge with a beautiful pool.

Praia da Zambujeira do Mar, Costa Vicentina, Alentejano

beach and rocks at sunset, Zambujeira do Mar
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A part of the Costa Vicentina pure park, this beautiful seaside is surrounded by tall basalt cliffs with sweeping ocean views. Circumstances are perfect for browsing and physique boarding, with highly effective breakers, and the sunsets are fantastic. In the beginning of August the massive Sudoeste rock competition is held right here, however at different instances it’s not so busy, being primarily frequented by locals profiting from the nice amenities – from showers to a bar, restaurant and parking. There may be direct entry to the seaside from the fishing village of Zambujeira do Mar. Simply inland, on the Rota Vincentina strolling path is Herdade do Touril (doubles from €100 B&B), a Nineteenth-century farm the place visitors sleep inside earshot of the crashing waves.

Praia das Bicas, Sesimbra, close to Lisbon

Steps down to wide, sandy Praia das Bicas
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Forty minutes west of Lisbon, that is simply one of many seashores within the Setúbal area, beloved by the Portuguese for its wines in addition to its coast. On the foothills of the Arrábida mountains, Praia das Bicas is an enormous expanse of positive golden sand that’s reached by a protracted staircase descending from the cliffs. It faces west and is uncovered to wind, making it fashionable with surfers. There’s a bar and a restaurant on the seaside, which serves native specialities; the wine is certainly value making an attempt. A couple of minutes’ stroll from the shore is Villa Epicurea eco-retreat (doubles from €115 room-only), which gives regionally sourced vegan and vegetarian dishes in addition to yoga and a formidable, ecologically sustainable infinity pool.

Netherlands

Seaside Paal 31, De Cocksdorp, Texel

Walkers on the beach and lighthouse at Cocksdorp
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Only a few miles off the north coast of the Netherlands sit the idyllic Wadden islands, with nature reserves teeming with wildlife and miles of remoted cycle trails curving alongside massive expanses of white sand seashores. On the biggest and most visited island of Texel (pronounced tes-sel) agriculture dominates – the sheep are prized – however perch atop a saddle and enterprise in the direction of the North Sea to find one of many nation’s most extraordinary landscapes. Reached by means of dunes, forests and heaths, the seaside at De Cocksdorp is likely one of the island’s widest, with the picturesque Eierland lighthouse providing a dreamy view over Texel and the island of Vlieland. Three miles south of De Cocksdorp, Boutique Resort Texel (doubles from €130 B&B) has an indoor pool, a spa and a peaceable tenting area behind it.

France

Plage des Amiets, Cléder, Brittany

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On the north coast of Finistère, west of Roscoff, the Côte des Sables (sandy coast) is a little-known nook of France with many heart-soaringly lovely seashores. Plage des Amiets is amongst them: the sweep of golden sand is bookended by yellow-hued boulders that disguise two maisons des douaniers, 18th-century customs homes, constructed into the rocks. The pristine waters tackle a turquoise shimmer within the sunshine and a paddle between the rocks reveals a backyard of seaweed ribbons, frills and fronds. There are small automobile parks at both finish of the seaside. Twenty minutes away, La Butte (doubles from €120 room-only), is an expensive eco-friendly lodge.

Plage de la Vieille Église, Normandy

Empty Plage de la Vieille Eglise
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The west coast of Normandy’s Cotentin peninsula is wild and exquisite. At Barneville-Carteret, a monitor across the headland leads from the Plage de la Potinière in the direction of the Plage de la Vieille-Église. This precipitous path runs down in the direction of black rocks lapped by the ocean, and as much as the lighthouse, which seems to be out in the direction of Jersey on the horizon. Previous the headland is the unbelievable sight of miles of white sand backed by dunes. On the seaside stands the ruined church from which it takes its identify. Legend says it was constructed by an Irish saint who vanquished a child-eating dragon. There are automobile parks nearer the seaside, however the view is definitely worth the stroll. Resort Marine (doubles from €123 room-only) has waterside views.

Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Basque nation

View of the beach and holidaymakers
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One of the best view of Saint-Jean-de-Luz’s spectacular seaside is from Colline Sainte-Barbe on its japanese aspect. The panorama takes in gentle yellow sands backed by red-and-white Basque villas and, to the rear, the jagged silhouette of the Pyrenees. Most of the seashores on this shoreline appeal to surfers, with their large Atlantic rollers, however the seaside at Saint-Jean-de-Luz is enclosed in a round bay, so mild sufficient for swimming and for youthful youngsters. The city’s vibrant market, Les Halles de Saint-Jean-de-Luz, is a good place to purchase picnic provides. La Reserve (doubles from €135 room-only) is a couple of minutes’ stroll from the Colline Sainte-Barbe.

Plage de Palombaggia, Corsica

Sandy beautiful Palombaggia beach with azure sea
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Rondinara, Cupabia, Pinarello, Ostriconi and Campomoro. Corsica’s most lovely seashores sound like a forged listing from a commedia dell’arte, however prime billing undoubtedly goes to Palombaggia. Simply down from Porto-Vecchio within the far south-east of the island, Palombaggia seaside, surrounded by umbrella pines, is a semicircle of golden sand descending into clear, turquoise water. Tender-edged rocky outcrops poking out of the water are splendid locations to lounge if the sand will get too sizzling. It is likely one of the hottest seashores on the island, so the rockier Tamaricciu subsequent door is an effective understudy, solely barely much less lovely, however with far fewer individuals. Les Hameaux de Bocca del Oro (four-person villa from €104 an evening) is shut by.

Plage de l’Aiguille, Théoule-sur-Mer, Alpes-Maritimes

Plage de l’aiguille at theoule sur mer
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Backed by a dense forest and the rust-red rocks of the Estérel massif, Plage de l’Aiguille is the Riviera’s most picturesque seaside, with caramel-coloured sand and wonderful views of Cannes, glinting within the distance. It feels wild and distant, however it’s nonetheless the Côte d’Azur, so there are posh loos, an data cabin and a seaside membership within the excessive season. A clamber over the headland rocks results in one other tiny, fan-shaped cove, the Crique de l’Aiguille, nice for uninterrupted sunbathing and gazing on the passing tremendous yachts. The seaside is a 15-minute stroll from the centre of Théoule, or a steep hike down from the Corniche d’Or coast street. Resort Port La Galère (doubles from €98 room-only) is about in a 23-hectare park simply alongside the coast.

Plage de Saint-Clair, Le Lavandou, Var

Beach of Saint-Clair, near Lavandou
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Palm bushes, beachside cafes, pedalos and a mild slope into the water make Saint-Clair an ideal household seaside. Identified regionally as La Perle, the large, sandy bay is protected by outcrops at each ends and the clear, calm water makes it splendid for snorkelling and watching cormorants dive for fish off the whale-shaped Rocher de la Baleine. There are nice views of Le Levant island to the south and the seaside is a brief stroll alongside the rocky, coastal footpath from Le Lavandou port. La Pinède restaurant-bar units out a couple of traces of parasols and solar loungers from April to October. Resort Astria, Seaside La Falaise (doubles from €95 room-only, two-night minimal) has pea-green-shuttered rooms and a fairly courtyard overlooking the ocean.

Plage des Coussoules, Leucate, Aude

Plage des Coussoules aerial view
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Midway between Perpignan and Narbonne, Les Coussoules is an enormous swathe of flat white sand between the Mediterranean and La Palme lagoon. The Tramontane wind makes this seaside fashionable with sandyachters, kitesurfers and walkers with large canine. It’s a shocking sight, typically abandoned however surrounded by photogenic salt pans, large cliffs, vineyards and orchards on the Leucate plateau. Flamingos, ibis and seagulls fly over fairly Nineteenth-century villas. There’s a naturist part within the north, and direct entry to the seaside from a number of campsites. Jardin de Palme (from €90), has self-catering flats and studios.

Turkey

Kaputaş, close to Kalkan

Kaputas beach
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There are many longer, sandier seashores in Turkey, however Kaputaş, a shimmering, aquamarine slash of sea sandwiched between cliffs and 187 steps beneath the Kas-Kalkan street, is among the many perfect. It seems to be Insta-perfect from above, and there’s a lot of enjoyable available down on the pebbles: the shoreline cabinets rapidly, creating common, mild waves. Sitting within the surf, being buffeted backwards and forwards by a heat sea, is likely one of the biggest vacation pleasures. Seaside distributors patrol the seaside with freshly made gozleme – scrumptious pancakes filled with cheese. The Courthouse in Kalkan (doubles from £130 B&B), is a restored historic home within the village centre.

Italy

San Michele, Sirolo, Le Marche

famous San Michele beach in Sirolo
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The coast of the Abruzzo and Le Marche areas is usually straight and featureless, with roads, railway and at factors the E55 motorway operating near the shore. That every one adjustments on the Monte Conero regional park, a 6,000-hectare protected space hugging the coast. Its prettiest city is Sirolo, from the place footpaths by means of bushes lead right down to wild San Michele seaside. There are a few concessions, however in any other case it’s all woods and cliffs above positive white pebbles operating right down to turquoise water. A 15-minute stroll from San Michele (although coming again up the steep hillside could take longer) Il Vicolo (doubles from €103 B&B) is an eight-room B&B in an 18th-century constructing near Sirolo’s eating places and gelaterias.

Punta della Suina, Puglia

Punta della Suina. Puglia, Italy
Punta della Suina. Puglia, Ital {Photograph}: Nicola Simeoni/Alamy

Seashores on Puglia’s Ionian coast have greater than a touch of the Seychelles, with multihued water and gentle white sand. South of the walled port of Gallipoli, a sandy monitor leads off the SP125 in the direction of an ideal crescent bay punctuated by the presqu’ile of Punta della Suina. The sandy areas are separated by little rocky outcrops and grassy coves, so whereas there are a few concessions (with cafes) it’s often simple to discover a secluded spot, and the ocean right here is hotter than on the Adriatic coast. Historic Gallipoli, by itself little island, is so atmospheric it’s value staying there and driving or biking the 5 miles to Punta della Suina. In a slim road, Relais Corte Palmieri (doubles from €80 B&B) has individually embellished bedrooms reached through a sequence of roof terraces, one in all which serves breakfast when climate permits (many of the yr).

Sa Colonia, Sardinia

Sa Colonia beach,
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Selecting one seaside from this island of seaside perfection is difficult, however Sa Colonia, one in all a number of bays south of the village of Chia, has all of it – acres of talc-soft sand (with a single seaside concession – useful for chilly drinks), clear water, flamingos on a lagoon behind and occasional visits from dolphins. As if that weren’t sufficient, its fairly seabed is nice for snorkelling and, unusually for the Med, it has surfable rollers when the sirocco blows in winter. Resort Il Gabbiano (doubles from €133 B&B) gives easy rooms in a cluster of bungalows a couple of minutes’ stroll from Sa Colonia seaside. There’s a fish restaurant a couple of minutes within the different path.

Calamosche, Sicily

 calamosche beach with red sky
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The truth that it’s a part of the Vendicari nature reserve and practically a mile from the automobile park helps make sure that this sandy seaside between rocky headlands by no means will get too busy. Guests have to take the whole lot, together with water, however a picnic procuring journey amid the baroque glories of close by Noto is a pleasure. The day can then be spent swimming in calm water – protected by these headlands – snorkelling over rocks and mountain climbing alongside the coast or into the woods. In spring, sandpipers and curlews arrive for the nesting season. There are few lodging choices within the reserve, however natural agriturismo Sicilia di Vendicari (doubles from €110 B&B) is a half-hour stroll from the seaside and has 4 cottages (sleeping two to eight) amongst its citrus, olive and almond groves.

Sperlonga, Lazio

View of tower from beach,
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Midway between Rome and Naples, Sperlonga’s previous, whitewashed centre sits on a promontory jutting into the ocean, topped by a Sixteenth-century tower. To its south, previous a small marina, lie beautiful golden sands backed by low hills and some campsites. There are some concessions, with umbrellas and sunbeds, but in addition loads of stretches of free seaside. One of the best lies simply earlier than a low headland 10 minutes’ stroll alongside the sand, which additionally gives a view by means of railings of a cave and the ruins of the villa Roman emperor Tiberius would escape to from round 22AD, when tussles with the Senate obtained an excessive amount of. 5 minutes’ stroll from the previous city, two-room Villa Luisa (doubles from €90 B&B, two-night minimal) does beneficiant breakfasts and its again gate opens on to the seaside.

Croatia

Krivica, Lošinj

Sailing boats and yachts moored in the bay
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Possibly it’s the truth that you need to hike down a rocky path for half-hour – and again up once more – that makes Krivica’s pebbly seaside so particular. The reward is evident, deep turquoise water in a sheltered pine-fringed bay, with solely crusing boats within the slim channel for firm. Lošinj, a protracted, misshapen island within the Kvarner gulf, is one in all Croatia’s most aromatic locations, with an unbelievable profusion of untamed herbs. Villa Kredo (doubles from €114 B&B) is a vibrant lodge and restaurant overlooking a fairly seaside on the western aspect of the headland from Čikat Bay.

Plaža Divna, Pelješac

Divna beach on Peljesac Peninsula
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Dwelling as much as its identify – lovely seaside – Plaža Divna is on the north coast of the Pelješac peninsula, with pine-covered hills flanking the little pebbly bay. There are a couple of shady spots, and the marine life between the seaside and the tiny island dealing with the bay makes for sensible snorkelling. A restaurant sells drinks and primary meals, and behind the seaside is the small Camp Divna campsite (pitches from €5.40pp) set in an olive grove. Non-campers can lease a flat at Condominium Villa Waterfront (from €122 for 2 or three individuals) overlooking a seaside close to the ferry port of Trpanj.

Mlini, Pakleni Islands

Mlini beach, Pakleni

These visiting Hvar who fancy a change of surroundings ought to take a taxi boat to Mlini cove on the Pakleni island of Marinkovac. There’s a splendidly laid-back air to this pine-scented pebbly seaside, together with sunloungers for lease and a beachfront restaurant. As with all Croatia’s pebbly seashores, protecting swimming sneakers will make issues extra pleasant, and the amazingly clear blue-green water has individuals snorkelling for hours. On the island, Robinson Home Nicolina (from €170 an evening for as much as 5) has two bedrooms and tons of out of doors lounging, eating and barbecuing house.

Albania

Porto Palermo, Qeparo, Vlorë County

beautiful view on Porto Palermo
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Qeparo is a magical village providing spectacular color combos: the blue of the ocean, the inexperienced of the hillsides and the white of limestone rock formations coming out of the dramatic mountainsides throughout. There are many hidden seashores, however even the principle one, referred to as Porto Palermo, is superbly undeveloped, and ideal for stress-free on the pebbles or exploring the close by rocky peninsula, topped with a 200-year-old fortress. A brief stroll away alongside the coast, Stone Seaside lodge (studio residences from €70) has rooms with views south over the Ionian Sea.

Written by Liz Boulter, Gemma Bowes, Carolyn Boyd, Jon Bryant, Elton Caushi , Heidi Fuller-Love, Mary Lussiana, Fergal McCarthy, Mary Novakovich , Nazia Parveen, Paul Richardson, Paul Sullivan and Annabelle Thorpe