With the mercury level in the thermometers soaring rapidly, it’s getting clearer and clearer we must start thinking of our summer holidays. As you’re planning a getaway to relax and soak up the sun, your attention is probably turning to our neighbours in Europe.
Check out these five great beach holidays for this summer.
1. Gargano National Park, Italy
Italy is one of the most popular summer destinations. With over 4,500 miles of coastline, it’s hard to run out of options when choosing your favourite beach. A rare gem to discover in this country is Gargano National Park in Apulia.
Holidays here focus on culture, nature, and the sea. Majestic cliffs and sea stacks, lush landscape, charming historical towns, and miles of beaches blend with the dark green of the Umbra Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2017.
For sun-worshippers Lidos along the coastline is the prefect beach spot for relaxing and soaking up the rays whilst reading a book or playing games on your mobile before enjoying a refreshing dip in the clear water.
Windsurfing, diving, boat trips, and epic hikes are just some of the things that can keep you entertained, not to mention the delicious Mediterranean cuisine that can satisfy even the most refined palate.
2. Costa de la Luz, Spain
Sunflower fields, romantic white towns, and sunbather-free beaches await for you in Andalucia. Facing the Atlantic, Costa de la Luz lives up to its name, bringing light into your life even if you’re here only for a short getaway.
Golden sand, unspoiled beaches, and hidden coves can easily satisfy savvy visitors. Besides Instagramable turquoise waters, expect groovy bars where you can stay entertained for hours.
If you’re fonder of an active holiday, windsurfing and kiteboarding, jogging on the beach, or taking long walks, are just some of the things you can do. And while you’re here, don’t miss a day trip to splendid Cádiz, a city that seamlessly blends its Roman and Moore heritage into a unique cultural experience.
3. Poreč, Croatia
If you’re after a mix of history, relaxation, and nightlife, Poreč could be your perfect destination. The second-biggest city in Istria, it has been inhabited since the earliest times and bares a rich cultural legacy.
At the same time, this beautiful Croatian city is nestled in a mesmerizing environment boasting Blue Flag beaches, crystal clear waters, and pristine scenery.
Besides quality day-time entertainment, Poreč also boasts fantastic nightlife. You’ll find clubs, pubs, and café bars where to spend a wild evening or chill on jazz notes.
4. Algarve, Portugal
Scores of travellers visit Portugal each year, most of them drawn by the vibrant life in Lisbon and Porto. If you’re dreaming of an under-the-radar coastal retreat though, Algarve region could be a more inspired option.
Although still underrated, this region will surprise you with its glittering resorts, Michelin-starred restaurants, and delicious wine.
The splendid landscape is also part of the picture. Golden shores, craggy rock cliffs, and Instagram-worthy hidden caves awe with their photogenic effect. Whether it’s quintessential sunbathing, diving, or enjoying water sports, Algarve has it all.
If you’re craving for an old-school holiday experience, a day trip to Culatra island will reveal white-washed helmets, slow rhythms, glided beaches, and lazy beach shacks. And if all this exploring’s got you hungry, don’t hesitate to taste a delicious caldeirada.
5. Limassol, Cyprus
One of Cyprus’ most underrated cities, Limassol offer fantastic beach holiday opportunities. In this quaint city, you’ll get to appreciate the simple pleasures of the pristine Mediterranean life. Golden sand beaches offer the perfect spot where to lounge during the hottest hours.
The heart of the city is dotted with friendly taverns where you can connect with locals while indulging delicious dishes and fabulous wine.
When the night falls, Limassol becomes magic. Nightlife here contrasts with the tranquil daytime. Dozens of bars and nightclubs offer intense and varied entertainment options, from luxury to bohemian venues, live music, and countless events.
And on those days when you’re craving for a more cultural experience, you can stroll among medieval ruins and ancient cities while exploring the vast heritage this town has to offer.
Europe has many hidden gems awaiting you this summer. Whether you’re after virgin nature, pristine sceneries, or fabulous nightlife, I hope these great beach holiday ideas inspired you.
Where would you go? Do you know of any other great beach holidays for this summer? Share your thoughts or comments by leaving a reply below. I’d love to hear from you!