A Look at the Best Beach Holidays in Europe
Next time you are thinking about going on holiday, why not look at Europe? There is so much variety in Europe that no matter what kind of holiday you are looking for, you’ll find the perfect location. If beaches are your thing, then there are lots of phenomenal coastal areas for you to explore. Let’s take a look at some of the most amazing beach holidays in Europe.
Barbati Beach, Corfu
Barbati is one of the most impressive beaches of Corfu. The bay is hugged by lush forests and verdant hills. The crystalline waters invite you in and you will find plenty of sunbeds for drying off and sunbathing after a relaxing dip. Small boats are also available for a short and exciting tour of the nearby bays. Taverns and bars dominate the wider area serving delicious Corfiot flavors and cold drinks, and boutique hotels such as the Golden Mare Barabti Hotel are only a few minutes’ stroll from the beach.
Mykonos has long been a favourite of celebrities and it is easy to understand why they love it so much. You don’t have to be massively into classic architecture to appreciate the Cycladic buildings which are scattered over the vast hills of this gorgeous island. This is a stunning location that has good nightlife and good shopping opportunities too. There are numerous dance clubs with world-renowned DJs, and you can find designer goods on sale here.
Whether you want wild fun or quiet culture, you have lots of options. The Archaeological Museum features numerous artefacts that go back as far as Prehistoric times, and the Rarity Gallery boasts contemporary art brought in from all over the world.
Menorca has always been thought of as a great beach destination, and it is easy to understand why when you actually visit. The weather is almost invariably good, and there are several beaches to choose from. Cala Mitjana beach is a small, quiet beach that has calm waters and lovely, fine sand. It is ideal for a romantic getaway. Cala Mitjaneta beach is a different destination, so read your map and tickets carefully! Cala Mitjana has a lovely open blue cove, which is perfect for photo opportunities, or just for a relaxing evening watching the sun set and enjoying the atmosphere.
Cala Mitjana and Cala Mitjaneta are actually close enough to each other that you could swim between the two if you wanted to, sampling the beauty and the secluded nature of both of them. Why not explore, and decide for yourself which of these gorgeous coves suits your mood better?
Karpathos Island, Greece
This island is located between Crete and Rhodes, and is a beautiful place to visit. You have numerous options when it comes to beaches on the island, but Apella and Kyra Pangia are the two that are popular choices known for their stunning views. Apella beach is very easy to get to, and popular as well, but it is big enough that it does not tend to get overcrowded. It is usually calm and relaxing.
The cliffs, mountains, and rocks that surround the beach are wonderful to look at, and the vegetation is picturesque, offering a contrast between the emerald waters, stone cliffs and lush green plants. There’s everything you need in terms of food, drink, and entertainment nearby, so you’ll find yourself happy to lounge on the beach and let your worries melt away.
Kyra Panagia is a busier beach but it has lots of accommodation options nearby, so if you don’t mind a bit of hustle and bustle it remains a nice choice. You can enjoy a trip to a tavern, sample some Greek food or just relax with the kids and lounge on a sunbed.
Patara Beach, Turkey
Turkey is a destination with universal appeal. It is good for families and for solo travellers. There’s plenty of beaches to choose from, but Patara Beach is easily the highlight. It has warm, shallow waters that are great to swim in, and it is a quiet and relaxing place for a getaway if you want to recharge your mental batteries. The beachfront ruins are unspoiled and there are turtle nests around too. This means that the government is strict about developments in the area, so visitors get to enjoy an untouched beach.
The nearby village of Gelemis is charming, and it’s a great place to go for a stroll, and to pick up some classic, Turkish food. If you fancy a change of scenery, then Makronissos Beach is well worth the visit. There are some good water sports there, and there’s also an ancient burial site to check out that is an interesting, cultural curiosity.