Europe’s Top 5 Secret Beaches

Tue, Apr 9, 2013


summer holiday

If you’re looking for a great beach holiday this year, but want to escape from crowds of other tourists, you should check out some of Europe’s hidden seaside gems. There are plenty of stretches of sand where you don’t have to worry about hoards of other holidaymakers – and I’ve put together a list of five of the best.

Balos Beach, Crete

We all know that Greece’s islands have some stunning beaches, so it will come as little surprise that my first top pick is on Crete. Balos Beach is stunning; it’s a vast sweep of white sand with a sheltered lagoon that’s perfect for swimming and snorkelling. What makes this a great location to escape the crowds is that it’s only really accessible by boat, unless you fancy a long walk (around three hours from Kalyvianni village)!

The scenery is breathtaking, too, and it feels as though you’re in the middle of nowhere. The only indication of human settlement here is the Venetian castle that sits on top of a rocky island just offshore.

Kaputas Beach, Turkey

Next up is the gorgeous Kaputas Beach, on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. This delightful stretch of sand is situated between Kas and Kalkan, although it’s closer to the latter. Despite being absolutely beautiful, it rarely gets crowded (which probably has something to do with the 180-odd steps you have to go down to get there).

The white sand is met by clear, blue waters where you can swim if you get too hot from sunbathing. The beach is situated at the end of a canyon, so you’ve got towering cliffs on either side that provide a stunning backdrop. There are no amenities here, so make sure you take plenty of water and food with you if you’re planning to stay for the day.

El Bollullo Beach, Tenerife

The Canary Islands are well known for their glorious stretches of sand and Tenerife is no exception. What makes this island appealing to me is its black sand beaches and one in particular – El Bollullo – really stands out.

There’s very little here in the way of facilities, but it’s an excellent spot to lie back and soak up the sunshine. It’s not far from Puerto de la Cruz, but you’ll need to walk from the main road. I think that only adds to its appeal though, particularly as the trail leads through a banana plantation.

Zlatni Rat, Brac, Croatia

Croatia is often forgotten when discussing fantastic seaside destinations in Europe, but it boasts some spectacular stretches of coastline. Brac is an island not too far from Split and it’s home to one of the country’s most picturesque sandy strips – Zlatni Rat, which means golden horn.

This sand spit juts out from the corner of the island, so you can have the sea on almost every side depending on where you spread your towel. This isn’t the quietest stretch of sand around, but it’s truly beautiful. It’s also a great place to visit if you fancy getting active, as it’s renowned as a windsurfing hotspot.

St Peter’s Pool, Delimara Peninsula, Malta

My final pick is the delightful St Peter’s Pool, which is located in the Delimara Peninsula in the south of Malta. Technically, this isn’t a beach – it’s more a natural rock formation that resembles a swimming pool carved into the limestone cliffs on the edge of the island.

It is the perfect place for a dip, though, with the clear waters certainly looking very inviting on a hot day. What I love about it is that you have to jump into the water, as there’s no real beach, while the limestone ledges make excellent sunbathing spots.

This is just a selection of some of Europe’s top beaches; if you’re in need of further inspiration for your summer holiday in 2013, visit this website.

Photo Credit: idleformat

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