Tired of the Same European Beach Resorts? Try These Hidden Gems [Slideshow]
Do you want to get off the beaten path, for your next European beach break? While we love the Canary Islands, the Algarve, Benidorm and Corfu, it’s inspiring to try an entirely new destination.
When you know where to look, you’ll find turquoise coves, charming fishing villages and historic towns along the coast.
From the shores of Montenegro to Spanish islands and seaside resorts in France, get ready to escape the crowds, explore new cultures and maybe even discover a new, favourite spot for family holidays.
Cala Gonone, Italy
Cala Gonone is Sardinia’s best kept secret. However, its beaches are often used in movies, including ‘Swept Away’, with Madonna. Spend your days strolling between beaches along the promenade and stopping at bars and restaurants for fresh seafood.
Sitting pretty on the Adriatic Sea, Budva Old Town is rich in historic monuments and cultural heritage. 17 beaches offer a wide range of accommodation close by and, come summer, a vibrant atmosphere in bars, restaurants and discos.
Antipaxos Island, Greece
The Ionian islands offer a treasure chest of beaches, however Voutoumi is one of its best kept secrets, on Antipaxos Island. This is a place to walk barefoot along pebbly shores, have sunset drinks in peaceful tavernas and take in the views from charming villas.
Ploughmanac’h lies along Brittany’s Pink Granite Coast. Known for its unusual rock formations, there’s much family fun to be had, with water sports, an aquarium, a water park and Brittany’s largest bird sanctuary.
Cíes Islands, Spain
The Cíes Islands are in Galicia, off Spain’s north-west coast. Apparently, the Romans called the archipelago the ‘islands of the Gods’ and it’s easy to see why, with powder-soft sand, walking trails through serene nature and only a campsite to stay in. Most holiday-makers do a day trip, from Vigo.
Oozing French charm, Porquerolles is just a 10 minute boat road from the French Riviera. The tiny island offers one village and hiking trails through the National Park, filled with unique species to discover.
Porto Selvaggio, Italy
Translucent seas blend with fascinating history in southern Puglia. It’s likely you’ll find ample space to swim, dive and stroll in Porto Selvaggio, among teems of fish, on a backdrop of lush pine forest.
Ribadesella is a former Asturian fishing village, where the ocean meets the River Sella and the Picos de Europa mountains overlook all. There’s a pretty old quarter for strolling and adventure activities galore, on the sea and in the hills.
Ile de Batz, France
Ile de Batz is a 15 minute boat ride from Roscoff, in Brittany. Its most popular attraction is Jardin Exotique Georges Delaselle, a garden with over 2000 species of plants. You’ll find unspoiled beaches and plenty of spots for relaxing walks with ocean views.