Top 5 European Beach Destinations to Relax
Summertime in Europe is not complete without laying back and soaking up the sun’s rays on a gorgeous beach. The peaceful sound of the water crashing against the shore is heaven to any beach lover’s ears.
On this breathtaking continent, there are thousands of picturesque coastlines to enjoy white sands and crystal clear or turquoise blue waters. Whether your ultimate European beach getaway involves a trek down the Mediterranean coast or island hopping out to sea, you can experience a tranquil escape from reality.
Unleash your inner «wanderluster» and discover one of Europe’s most captivating beaches to experience the ultimate paradise!
Paralia Chiliadou, Euboea, Greece
Ah, Greece! The ancient land that gave humanity democracy, philosophy, and an endless supply of some of the most stunning beaches in the world. This wonderous coast of rocky and sandy coastline is only a 2.5 hour drive from the Greek capital of Athens.
Nestled near the cozy village of Stropones, the narrow and windy mountain road to reach Paralia Chiliadou is an adventure in itself. The unbelievable mountaintop views of the white sand strip and the majestic Aegean Sea in the distance will take your breath away.
Once you finish your journey along the meandering road, a wide stretch of summer bliss awaits you. Enjoy a dip into the refreshing and transparent water of the sea or lounge on a sunbed to marvel at the stunning scenery. The rocky terrain that surrounds the beach will make you feel secluded from the rest of the world.
If you have an affinity for going oh natural at the beach, you can venture to the northern section of Paralia Chiliadou which is reserved for nudists. There are even secret sea caves for extra seclusion if you look hard enough.
How to get there?
From Athens, you can rent a car or find a bus service that can transport you to the island of Euboea. The second largest Greek island is just east of the mainland separated by the Euripus Strait. You can also reach Paralia Chiliadou from the town of Chalcis via rental car, bus, or taxi.
Calo Des Moro, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Spain is filled with hundreds, if not thousands, of jaw-dropping beaches perfect for a lazy day in the sand. One of the hidden beauties that will take a bit of a trek to reach is Calo Des Moro on the island of Mallorca. This little slice of Spanish heaven just off the mainland offers beach-goers some of the most amazing tropical views Europe has to offer. The perfect place to doze off or watch the sun dip below the horizon.
This elegant beach along the dreamy waters of the Balearic Sea is perfectly placed on the southeast side of the island in between two rocky cliffs. The transparent turquoise blue water eases against the shore to create a mystical environment to unwind for the day. Those who love to relax their muscles will feel the soothing effect of the warm Spanish water.
Travelers hoping to reach this piece of untouched coastal dream will have to be willing to hike to their destination. The nearest parking lot is roughly a 20-minute walk to this gem and there are no services whatsoever. Be prepared to unplug for the day and be surrounded by steep seaside cliffs and crystal clear water.
*Extra Tip* – Arrive at the beach earlier in the morning and secure the perfect relaxation spot for the day. If you lay out your towels and lather the sunscreen early enough, you can enjoy total serenity on this Spanish coastal treat.
How to get there?
The first thing you will have to do is get to the island of Mallorca from either Barcelona or Valencia. You can take a ferry for a more scenic journey or a flight to shorten the ride. Once you make landfall on Mallorca, rent a car, take a taxi, or ride public transportation that will take you to Santanyí on the southeast section of the island. From there, take the exit towards Cala Llombards before taking the walking path the rest of the way to the beach.
Gjipe Beach, Vuno, Himare, Albania
If you are looking for a sunny European beach getaway with a lower price tag, then the Balkan country of Albania is calling your name. One of the most breathtaking beaches in the entire country is Gjipe Beach. This tropical haven may be a challenge to reach but will reward you with the dazzling sights and the expedition will be worth it.
Due to the lack of paved roads, it is a rare sight to encounter large crowds should you decide to make the journey to the mesmerizing blue waters of Gjipe. The canyon that ascends above the shores creates a natural barrier from the rest of the landscape. You will find little pockets of white sand where you can sprawl out steps away from the water.
Reaching this beach is not for the faint of heart and you have to be prepared to do some serious hiking. The enchanting mountains and occasional communist-age bunker that surround the rocky walking path will bring your adventurous spirit to life. The first thing you will want to do after accomplishing your mission is a well deserved swim.
How to get there?
If you want to take the easy way out, you can hop on a boat from the nearby Jala Beach. For those who have to drive, you can begin your journey from Himare. You can drive until the road ends and you will then have to walk the path the rest of the way down the canyon. The hike will take roughly 30-40 minutes but you can marvel at the spectacular views of the enthralling mountains and canyon.
Calanque d’En Vau, Cassis, France
This exotic beauty inside Parc national des Calanques in southern France is one of the most delightful places to see in the country. This not your average beach conveniently nestled along a coastline, but it is just as relaxing to spend a day under the sun. To reach this glorious Calanque, you will ditch the car and travel by foot or boat.
The sliver of gorgeous green and blue water lies directly in between towering cliffs on both sides. The contrasting colors of the water glistening along the limestone is a magnificent sight to behold. Beautiful trees growing along the cliffs create an otherworldly environment around the luminous beach.
You can work on your tan or snorkel the dazzling waters in this scenic masterpiece along the French Riviera. If you plan to hike to the beach from the top of the cliffs, comfortable walking shoes are a must. The views just get more amazing as you stand beside the bright green, low-lying trees and can watch the boats sail the lovely sea from above.
How to get there?
An adventurous hike to the Calanque begins at the nearby Port Miou. You can also trek to Calanque d’En Vau from Cassis Harbour, but the journey from Port Miou will save you some time. You can drive to Port Miou from Cassis where you will have to pay a fee to park your car and follow the color-coded path past Calanque de Port Pin to your final destination.
Langamull Beach, Isle of Mull (near Dervaig), Scotland
The last beach on our list is a well-hidden secret. So, shhhh…. tell not a single soul!
If you venture towards the northern parts of Europe along the British Isles, you will find some of the most spectacular beach imagery you could ever imagine. Langamull Beach is a place to truly escape humanity. You will find no sunbeds, toilets, restaurants, or any facilities like a common beach destination. The only thing you will behold is a magical fairytale that will make you think you left Europe altogether.
The mirror-like clearness of the water will make you feel like you are taking a swim in the Caribbean Sea, but the rolling Scottish Highlands in the background will say otherwise. This unique combination of landscapes creates a beach experience unlike no other. You can take a beautiful stroll along the white sands while ankle deep in the refreshing water.
Make sure to pack everything you need for this magical scene as it will take some muster to get there. Once you see the waves crashing against the spotless sand, your jaw will drop at the glistening rocks and shells that surround you.
Prepare to abandon human civilization and experience beach serenity at its finest.
How to get there?
The most convenient route to get to the Isle of Mull is via ferry from Oban in the Scottish Highlands. The ferry will drop you off at Craignure which is on the opposite side from Langamull Beach. From there, it is best to rent a car the rest of the way to the beach.
This article is penned by Geraldine Herren for Norway Today. Geraldine is 24 years old, loves to read books and travels a lot. She has completed a bachelor degree in Social Sciences & Humanities at the University of Mauritiu. She is of Franco-Mauritian origin
This article is penned by Geraldine Herren for Norway Today. Geraldine is 24 years old, loves to read books and travels a lot. She has completed a bachelor degree in Social Sciences & Humanities at the University of Mauritiu. She is of Franco-Mauritian origin.
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