5 gorgeous beaches
Not to be missed in Europe.
So it’s only January and we’re already planning where our next summer vacation is going to be. And luckily for us, Europe has countless of wonderful landscapes and beaches that are easily accessible by car, train or plane. In fact, we can’t help but share what’s on our must-visit list this year because these destinations are absolutely breathtaking. Want to know where we’re going? Check out our 2017 Europe beach list to travel this summer!
1.The Dune of Pyla
ARCACHON BAY – FRANCE
Located in France, in the Arcachon Bay area, the Dune of Pyla is the tallest sand dune in Europe. Measuring around 500 meters wide, and 2.7 meters length, its height is currently 110 meters above sea level. The area itself is magical, with a panoramic view over the ocean, over a pine forest and over miles of sand to stride.
Rated by ‘The Guardian’ as the 2nd most beautiful beach in the world, the best way to start your trip would be to enjoy some delicious oysters and shrimps with a cool glass of wine at the nearby fishing huts before you head out to these magnificent dunes.
Once your tummy is filled, simply hop on a boat from Cap Ferret to Pyla and burn off some calories with a little hike up the dunes. Up there, expect to see a spectacular view of the ocean and the vast dunes while basking in the glorious summer sun.
2.NISSI BAY BEACH
Ayia Napa, Cyprus As the third biggest island in the Mediterranean sea, Cyprus houses plenty of Blue Flag beaches which is an award that recognizes the highest standards of environmental and water cleanliness across Europe. In other words, visitors are expected to see crystal blue waters and clean beaches on this illuminating island including Nissi Bay Beach.
We’re putting this on our list because it is the perfect destination for those looking for a party ready atmosphere coupled with a beautiful landscape. In winter and summer, a small strip of the sand enables you to cross to the small island of Nissi, and creates a colour spectrum that is worth your memory.
Ölüdeniz Beach, Turkey
If you are looking to rest and recharge away from the big city life, Oludeniz is the perfect picture of a small village with a beach on the Turquoise Coast of southwestern Turkey. The bay and the surrounding forests are protected and any form of construction is prohibited in this area. Such a protection makes the place unique : it is free of the overdevelopment that plagues other many resort towns in Europe.
Heading there you will appreciate a calm and natural environment. Its lagoon is so richly colored, it almost feels like a dream. In fact, it is the most photographed destination on the Mediterranean, and a famous spot for snorkeling and scuba diving. And after a long day enjoying the benefits of nature, you might want to stop by the local market to pick up the catch of the day, and bring it to local restaurants, where the will cook your fresh fish at your convenience.
Zakynthos Island, Greece
Navagio Beach, Zakynthos Island, Greece
Looking for a holiday with a diverse set of activities? Navagio Beach in Zakynthos Island is the place for you. The Island is full of places to see and things to do: from scuba-diving to hiking, which will be perfect for you and your family. Somewhere in the north west of this amazing Island hides a little stretch of sand, so isolated you can only access it by boat. It is surrounded by limestone cliffs, that give you a grandiose view if you climb above, following the signs to the Agios Gergio Kremnao monestary. Navagio beach is also called ‘Smugglers Cove’ due to a famous shipwreck, called Panagiotis so if you’re keen to check out a little historical site, head over and snap a pic!
As one of Europe’s best kept secret, Porto Santo in Portugal is one of the last ‘undiscovered’ destinations of Europe ideal for relaxation.
Local Madeirans usually come to this island over the weekends and holidays to enjoy it’s 9 kilometers stretch of smooth sandy beach. It only takes two hours to go around the Island, but you will enjoy the kindness of its inhabitants and the serenity of the island.
Rumour has it the Madeiran sand is believed to have therapeutic virtues but we haven’t tested them personally so it could be a fun idea to scrub your skin with some sand of you’re up for trying!
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