Top 10 beach vacation you can’t miss this year
Summer is arriving and it is the best time to visit some of the most beautiful beach destinations in Europe. Clearly is impossible to mention here all the paradises situated in Europe, therefore we decided to select only the top 10 beach cities you can enjoy from June until September according to Infinitrips.
It is always important to keep in mind that if you are more kind of a “quiet place” person, we strongly advise you to avoid travelling to these destinations during July and August. Normally, during these months, many companies in Spain, Italy and Portugal stop their activities to enjoy the warm weather at the beach and you can imagine how crowded these place can get.
So let’s start with our top summer destinations for your sunny holidays:
1 – Faro (Algarve), Portugal
In Portugal, the Algarve district is well known for its beaches and the heat of the summer. By going for a walk by the beach side you can feel the scent of the sea mixed with the scent of the sunscreen itself, while the waves noises make the incredible atmosphere of the summer in Portugal.
Best beaches to visit in Algarve: Dona Ana (Lagos), Praia do Camilo (Lagos), Praia da Marinha (Lagoa), Praia do Carvoeiro (Lagoa), Praia da Falésia (Albufeira), Praia da Vilamoura (Loulé), Praia do Benagil (Lagoa), Praia da Albandeira (Lagoa), Ilha da Tavira (Tavira).
2 – Corsica, France
The island of Corsica is a wonderful beach destination and an outdoor paradise that you will never get bored of it. You will find wonderful mix of natural treasures, prehistoric sites, heavenly beaches, charming villages and of course impressive views.
It offers nature and landscapes with the Calanques de Piana, la Réserve de Scandola, le golfe de Porto, l’Alta Rocca and the needles of Bavella. Relaxation and nautical activities with its multiple sandy beaches it is a “must” at Corsica.
Explore the medieval city of Bonifacio and its high white cliffs, the prehistoric site of Filitosa, Ajaccio and of course the capital of Corsica, Napoleon’s birthplace.
Best beaches in Corsica: Rondinara, Ostriconi, Les îles Lavezzi, Palombaggia, Santa Giulia, Calanques de Piana, Plage du Lotu, Saleccia, Campomoro, Roccapina.
3 – Alicante, Spain
Alicante is one of the most touristic Spanish provinces. The so-called Costa Blanca has a pleasant Mediterranean climate, excellent cuisine, whose menu highlights the paella, and a long list of delicious seafood. Therefore, it is the beach destination chosen by many tourists to enjoy a relaxing vacation.
The 218 kilometers of Alicante coastline contains amazing destination for beach-lovers, we recommend you to rent a car and take the route along the Alicante coast. On the way you will have beautiful views where you can enjoy the typical cuisine of the area.
For those who don’t like crowded places, the coast is full of numerous calm beaches with transparent waters.
Best beaches to visit in Alicante: La Granadea (Javea), Benidorm, San Juan de Alicante, El Portet (Moraira), Santa Pola, Guardamar del Segura, Arenal (Calpe), Albir beach, El Cura (Torrevieja), Playa di Ambolo (Javea).
4 – Crete, Greece
As the largest island in Greece, Crete has plenty of reasons for you to visit. In fact, the island itself is one of the most visited in the country, not only by Greeks but also by many international tourists.
The beauty of Crete is very well balanced between history, ruins, trails and beaches that are considered by many as the most beautiful ones in the world.
Variety is what defines the largest Greek island in a quick overview. Crete has all types of beaches, from fine sand and rocks ones to exotic, trendy or even isolated paradises letting us totally relaxed listening only the noise of the wind and waves of the sea.
Indeed, the beaches on Crete suit all tastes.
Best beaches to visit in Crete: Balos (Chania), Elafonissi (Chania), Vai (Lassithi), Falassarna (Chania), Preveli (Rethymno), Matala (Heraklion), Rodakino (Rethymno), Plakias (Rethymno), Tymbaki (Heraklion).
5 – Sicily, Italy
It is not easy to describe in a few words what to see in Sicily, a unique land in the world, surrounded by the sea and disputed by many countries in its history.
From the ancient Greeks to the Romans, from the Saracens to the Normans, the island contains the inheritance of thousand cultures that followed one another on its soil, leaving very precious testimonies, imposing architecture, castles and cities that stretch out towards the sea, with its beautiful beaches and fabulous places.
Best beaches in Sicily: Mondello (Palermo), Lungomare di Cefalù, Spiaggia Bianca (Lipari), Spiaggia Marinello (Oliveri), Isola Bella (Taormina), Riviere del Ciclopi, Cala Rossa (Favignana), Fontana Biache (Siracusa), Calamosche (Noto),
6 – Sardinia, Italy
Sardinia is one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean, wild, true land and with views of breathtaking beauty. Sardinia is not only crystal clear sea, but it also has amazing landscapes and enchanting places to visit.
Undoubtedly the sea is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Sardinia. and it could not be otherwise given the fabulous beaches it has receiving awards after awards for its natural beauty. You can find places for all tastes, from the wildest ones to those for nudists.
Best beaches in Sardinia: Cala Goloritze (Baunei), Porto Istana (Olbia), Spiaggia del Principe (Arzachena), Porto Giunco (Villasimius), La Pelosa (Stintino), Tuerredda (Teulada), Santa Giusta (Costa Rei), Su Giudeu (Chia), Cala Brandinchi (San Teodoro), Punta Molentis (Villasimius).
7 – Mykonos, Greece
Famous for endless parties, Mykonos also appeals to those who just want to relax or enjoy good food.
The well known island is part of the Cyclades archipelago and lies in the Aegean Sea, being one of the most touristic in Greece. The numerous beaches have quite different profiles. There are from the very quiet ones, to those more crowded, full of beach clubs.
Best beaches in Mykonos: Platys Gialos, Ornos, Paradise, Megali Ammos, Super Paradise, Psarou, Paraga, Elia, Lia Beach, Fokos, Elia Beach.
8 – Ibiza, Spain
As well as Mykonos, the island of Ibiza is internationally known for its parties, festivals and nightlife. A destination of sun, beach and lots of fun.
However, Ibiza is not just a seaside resort full of bars and clubs with parties all night long. Ibiza is much more than that. The island is also a place of hidden bays, deserted beaches and natural landscapes of rare beauty.
Best beaches in Ibiza: Aguas Blancas, Benirras, Cala Bassa, Cala Carbo, Cala Codolar, Cala Conte, Cala de Boix, Cala d’en Serra, Cala D’hort, Cala Llenya, Cala Llonga, Cala Saladeta
9 – Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik is a coastal town in Croatia that has become one of the most important tourist centers of the Adriatic Sea, especially after the release of Game of Thrones with many scenes being recorded in the Old Town of the city.
Crystal clear water and unspoiled landscapes are also two of the main features of Dubrovnik. The city is surrounded by beautiful beaches and paradisiac islands: for family, surfers, couples and also for those who prefer to stay out of the water. However, you must keep in mind that you will need a car to reach most of these places.
Best beaches in Dubrovnik: Danče, Sveti Jakov, Pasjača, Copacabana, Banje, Plat, Srebeno, Lokrum (Nude Beach), Sulic, Sunj (Sand Beach)
10 – Menorca, Spain
The island of Menorca (or Minorca) is part of the Spanish archipelago of the Balearic Islands along with Ibiza, Mallorca and Formentera. It is the quietest and second largest island of the archipelago.
The beaches are the true jewels of Menorca. There are more than 100 small pieces of coastline to explore. Each beach or cave has its shade of blue or green and sometimes, all shades harmoniously mixed. The southern sand of the island is predominantly white and fine while the northern sand is thicker and darker.
Best beaches in Menorca: Cala Mesquita, Caló Blanc, Cala Mitjaneta, Cala Trebalúger, Cala Presili, Cala D’algaiarens, Platges Son Saura, Cala Macarelleta, Cala en Brut.