Spain
La Concha, San Sebastián
It’s the Chrysler Constructing of seashores: immediately recognisable however however thrilling and heart-lifting. La Concha is probably the most lovely city seaside in Spain: a scallop of cream sand and glowing sapphire waters with forested headlands, an island – Santa Clara – and a peppering of boats. The belle-époque seafront dates again to days of lengthy summer season residencies, when youngsters ate individually and motels have been plushly carpeted; however immediately’s metropolis is vibrant and funky. La Concha is flanked by two smaller seashores: Ondarreta is nearly a continuation to the west (ending in Eduardo Chillada’s Wind Comb sculpture); Zurriola, past the Kursaal Palace in Gros, is fashionable with surfers. Keep La Pensión del Mar (doubles from €45 room-only) additionally in Gros, is pleasant and inexpensive. For a number of euros extra, Sansebay (doubles from €70 room solely) gives up to date stylish and La Concha views.
El Rompido, Huelva, Andalucía

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Huelva’s Costa de La Luz ranges from Spanish all-inclusives close to the Portuguese border to wild dunes within the east. Halfway, round El Rompido, there’s one thing paying homage to olden-day Devon: golden, liked and tidy, with golf, and bucket and spade outlets, trimmed hedges, and low-rise motels serving buffet meals. The seaside is lengthy, with icing-sugar sand, backed by pines and trails, and dotted with chiringuitos (seaside bars) offering shade and plates of well-known Huelva prawns. The ocean is calm, because of the star attraction, an excellent 12km spit – La Flecha – Flechamar ferry (April-October). Pristine, with a backbone of dunes, it has two extra seashores (together with a nudist space) however no services. Keep A couple of kilometres west, Resort Nuevo Portil Golf (doubles from €60 B&B) combines high location with cut price costs.
Playa de los Muertos, Almería

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The arid, rocky, Cabo de Gata nature reserve has many spectacular seashores, however this one’s dramatic setting, kilometre of sentimental sand, crystalline turquoise water and wealth of fish and rock formations to snorkel over, greater than make up for the identify (seaside of the useless) and the brief, steep path – or an extended much less vertiginous one – right down to the shore. In excessive season, distributors promote chilly drinks however that’s about it, so go ready. Entry, and a mirador (lookout), are off the AL-5106. Comply with the street west and also you arrive at Agua Amarga, a barefoot subtle gem of a seaside city. Keep Resort Las Calas (doubles from €65 B&B), with its palms, pergolas and sea views, is an inexpensive seaside deal with.
Playa de Poo, Llanes, Asturias

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Persevering with – nay, encapsulating – the theme of nice seashores with unlucky names, is Poo. Surfers are spoilt for selection on the north coast, however elemental forces that whip up the waves additionally carve out gorgeous, protected enclaves. This sandy haven on an estuary is contained by excessive rock partitions, rendering it each calm and engaging. At low tide, there may be just about no sea in sight; at excessive tide, it’s an emerald pool, clear, heat and shallow. Coastal paths via farmland result in extra seashores and, at low tide, Isla de Almenada. It’s a laid-back choice, very best for households with young children. Keep La Farola del Mar (doubles from €55 B&B in off-season) sits proper on the seaside. For extra of a design ethos, the award-winning turf-roofed, modernist CaeaClaveles (doubles from €95 room solely) is 10 minutes’ drive away.
Aiguablava, Begur, Girona

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This small seaside with clear green-blue water, white sand, and locations to eat, drink and dive, is additional enhanced by the actual fact it’s one in all eight coves – all with numerous deserves (sheltered, pure, nudist and extra) strung like charms from the coastal footpath, the Camí de Ronda, beneath Begur. The trail has 4 sections, and Aiguablava is on the south of probably the most southerly, linked to neighbouring Fornells and Platja Fonda (secluded on the base of cliff steps). Keep Hostal Sa Barraca (doubles from €67 room-only, sabarraca.com), with sea views from backyard, terrace and rooms, is a calming choice, 2km inland from Fornells.
Spanish seashores chosen by Sorrel Downer
Portugal
Porto Côvo, Costa Vicentina, Alentejo

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Protected by a hoop of rugged cliffs, Porto Côvo’s tranquil horseshoe bay as soon as offered a haven for fishermen. The close by city lives largely from tourism lately, however its cobbled streets and whitewashed cottages hark again to an age when rowing boats and fishing nets lined the shore. On the Alentejo’s wild, south-western coast, Porto Côvo is a well-liked spot for mountaineering – attempt the marked round path inland or hit the gorgeous clifftop Fisherman’s Path to Vila Nova de Milfontes. Keep The three-room Cabeça da Cabra guesthouse (doubles from €85 room-only), in a transformed main college, is charming.

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Ever seen a video clip of loopy surfers towed out by jet ski and deposited on waves the dimensions of 10-storey buildings? If that’s the case, it was in all probability shot at Nazaré. A mecca for the world’s finest (and most bonkers) surfers, the massive swells right here make for an eyewatering spectacle. However it’s not all Level Break insanity: the primary seaside additionally has loads of house for stress-free within the solar. For a terrific view of the ocean, take the funicular railway to the clifftop settlement of O Sitio, Nazaré’s outdated city. A brief drive to the south, the seaside at Peniche gives a barely quieter, much less daunting browsing expertise. Keep Surfer-friendly Zulla has single, double and shared rooms from €20.
Praia da Falésia, Algarve

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It takes an excellent couple of hours to stroll from one finish of sentimental, sandy Praia da Falésia to the opposite. Happily, the route has loads of glorious beachside bars and seafood eating places to maintain you going. Contemporary sardines and chilly beer aren’t the one motive to dally, nonetheless. At low tide, it’s attainable to hunt for conquilhas (small clams) within the shallows. White sand lilies flower on the base of the seaside’s distinctive, burnished-red cliffs. These with power left can take a look at the surf colleges on the jap finish of seaside. Keep Package deal motels are likely to dominate this coast, so enterprise inland slightly to restored farmhouse Casa Porta Azul (doubles from €65 B&B).
Praia da Foz do Minho, Caminha

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On Portugal’s northern border with Spain, Praia da Foz do Minho’s riverine shallows supply a respite from the crashing waves of the Atlantic. Within the pyramidic form of Santa Tecla mountain, it boasts probably the most gorgeous backdrops of any seaside on the planet. A stroll via the pine forest results in the enticing ocean seaside of Moledo; and slightly approach out to sea is a outstanding 17th-century island fortress, one other feast for the eyes. Keep For an incredible view of the river, attempt charming, turn-of-the-century Villa Idalina resort (doubles from €70 B&B), a number of kilometres upriver.
Praia dos Galapinhos, Setúbal

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If it was paradise that Portugal’s early explorers set off throughout the oceans to seek out, they may have saved themselves a journey. As a result of in Praia dos Galapinhos, that they had the actual deal proper on their doorstep: white sands, forested hillsides, crystalline waters, empty house, gorgeous sunsets. There’s only one (minor) draw back: entry is through a rocky, vertiginous path or, at low-tide, an athletic shoreline scramble. The upside, after all, is that the seaside is much much less busy than it ought to be. Pack every thing you want as a result of alternatives for replenishment are minimal. Keep Casa d’Adôa (doubles from €60 room-only) gives a quiet, stylish keep.
Portuguese seashores chosen by Oliver Balch
France
L’Herbe, Cap Ferret, Gironde

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The thin peninsula that curls across the Bay of Arcachon is a playground for individuals from Bordeaux and Paris, but in addition dwelling to dozens of working oyster farms. Within the village of L’Herbe, alleys separate the clapboard oyster farmers’ cabins, and the tiny seaside is missed by a number of oyster bars and the Robinson Crusoe-esque gazebo of Kykouyou restaurant. It’s very best for a paddle after you’ve washed a number of freshly caught crustaceans down with a relaxing white wine.Keep There are small vacation lets within the grounds of villas throughout Cap Ferret. Le Patio de l’Herbe (from €110 an evening) has two small doubles and a kitchen.
Plage de la Grève Blanche, Île de Batz, Brittany

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A ferry runs from Roscoff to the Île de Batz, a reasonably island of blue-shuttered granite cottages and rolling fields. There are bikes for rent for scooting to the east of the island, the place the white sand of Plage de la Grève Blanche is lapped by turquoise water. Behind it’s the Georges Delaselle botanical backyard, the place crops from the southern hemisphere thrive within the local weather afforded by the Gulf Stream.Keep By the harbour in Roscoff, Chez Janie (doubles from €69 room-only) has an excellent restaurant and bar.
Les Grenettes, Île de Ré

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The bucolic island of white-washed villages and plentiful hollyhocks has greater than its share of fine seashores, however among the best is Les Grenettes, close to the sleepy village of Sainte-Marie-de-Ré. The lengthy seaside seems to be out to the neighbouring Île d’Oléron and is backed by aromatic pine bushes; it’s a mixture of golden sand and rounded pebbles, good for lobbing into the tumbling waves. Take alongside a surf or bodyboard if you wish to tumble within the waves your self: the realm to the left of the primary path is sweet. Afterwards, pedal into the village for an ice-cream or a pineau de Charentes aperitif at welcoming Bar à Quai.Keep Les Grenettes (doubles from €110 room-only) is a family-friendly resort with two swimming pools.
Montmartin-sur-Mer, Normandy

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The south-west of Normandy’s Cotentin peninsula gives some wonderful seashores that stay one thing of a secret besides to locals and guests within the know. The perfect of the bunch is Montmartin-sur-Mer, an unlimited stretch of nice, white sand, backed by wild, grassy dunes, that’s so huge you’re prone to have a mile of it to your self – even in August. The tides within the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel are a number of the strongest in Europe, which suggests at low tide you might not even see the ocean, however it leaves the sand in good situation for grandiose sandcastle constructing.Keep Le Castel (doubles from €140 B&B) is a family-friendly, 19th-century chateau a brief drive from Montmartin-sur-Mer.
Villefranche-sur-Mer, Provence

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There’s a large number of personal seashores on the Côte d’Azur, however it’s attainable to benefit from the solar free of charge on Villefranche-sur-Mer’s two public seashores. The longer Plage des Marinières is on the finish of the quayside, missed by the coastal railway. Unfold your towel on its smooth, yellow sand, and take a dip earlier than bagging a terrace desk, with the sand between your toes, at one of many many waterfront eating places. The smaller, quieter Plage de la Darse, on the opposite facet of city, is pebbly however simply as good a spot to catch the late-afternoon solar or take a paddle.Keep Welcome Hôtel (doubles from €149 room-only, welcome resort.com) has sea views.
French seashores chosen by Carolyn Boyd
Italy
Fiorenzuola di Focara, Le Marche

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This walled village, talked about in Dante’s Inferno, sits within the Parco Naturale del Monte San Bartolo, and its seaside is a 20-minute stroll down zigzagging paths. However it’s definitely worth the effort to achieve this unspoilt mixture of sand and shingle – cliffs behind and the Adriatic in entrance, the one buildings in sight the roofs of Fiorenzuola above. It has a DIY vibe uncommon in Italy, with sunshades constructed from driftwood. The stroll again up stokes appetites for dinner. Keep Hilltop Castello di Granarola (doubles from €85 room-only) has rustic rooms (some with kitchens) and a big pool.
Cala Violina, Maremma, Tuscany

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Named for the squeaky sound the sand makes, this idyllic cove within the southern Maremma is much less crowded than it is perhaps as getting there includes a half-hour stroll from the (€7) automotive park – pushbikes are allowed, although. Set inside a nature reserve, its pale sand is lapped by clear water and backed by wooded hills, and there’s shade at its southern finish. Beachgoers want to return with mats, umbrellas and different gear, however there’s a kiosk promoting drinks and sandwiches in summer season.Keep Those that don’t thoughts a barely longer stroll can attain Cala Violina on foot from agriturismo Il Cerro Sughero (doubles from €85, flats from €340 for 4 nights) which has a pool and restaurant.
Porto Giunco, Villasimius, Sardinia

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Pleasingly, the sand at Porto Giunco seaside, which divides the Notteri lagoon (spot the flamingos) from the ocean within the far south-east of Sardinia, has a fragile pink tinge from the granite rocks that encompass it. There are a few bars with sunbeds at both finish of this 800-metre seaside, however the remaining is spiaggia libera, the place anybody can rock up with a towel and luxuriate in smooth sand and gently shelving turquoise water. There are good views from the ruined watchtower at its southern finish.Keep Porto Giunco Residence (studios with kitchenettes from €58 an evening) is in lush gardens a 10-minute stroll from the seaside.
Lido Fiori, close to Menfi, Sicily

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In Sicily’s south-west, an arc of golden sand runs east from the fishing village of Porto Palo. The primary street curves inland, and the quiet 10km seaside is dotted with a number of villas and a few bars. Loggerhead turtles prefer it: they’ve been nesting right here since 2017, below WWF safety. The nicest stretch is Lido Fiori, midway alongside. In early June, with highs within the mid-20s, relatively than August’s mid-30s, you don’t even pay to park. My husband and son spent ages one afternoon making an attempt – unsuccessfully – to divert a limpid stream that crosses the sand close to glorious fish restaurant Salisá. The Greek ruins of Selinunte – as spectacular as Agrigento however much less busy – are half an hour west.Keep Le four Stagioni has fundamental rooms from €70 B&B (and an excellent restaurant), however for an elegant household break, take a look at new three-bedroom Villa Melograno (from €840 per week), a brief drive away, with sea-view terrace and gardens.
Baia del Silenzio, Sestri Levante, Liguria

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With cafes, procuring or sightseeing for individuals who don’t need to lie within the solar, generally a city seaside matches the invoice. The identify of this half-moon cove between Genoa and La Spezia – Bay of Silence – could also be a bit optimistic, however it gives smooth sand sloping gently into heat, sheltered water, with pastel townhouses and bobbing boats. Baia delle Favole, 200 metres away throughout a neck of land, is livelier, with bars, sports activities services and boats to rent. The favored Cinque Terre cities are 40 minutes away by practice.Keep With simply 5 bedrooms, Locanda del Borgo (half-board from €70pp) makes a peaceable keep 10 minutes’ drive away, with sea views and bikes to borrow. Chef Marcello cooks slow-food, zero-km variations of Ligurian specialities.
Italian seashores chosen by Liz Boulter
Greece
Voidokilia, Peloponnese

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Usually a seaside this good can be marred by growth. Happily, the lagoon it backs on to is a part of a nature reserve, and Voidokilia seems to be a lot the identical because it will need to have completed when it featured in Homer’s Odyssey. This actually is a kind of “good crescents of white sand” – the Greek identify means “cow’s stomach”. In addition to beautiful swimming within the sheltered water, there’s a cave, a citadel smash above the seaside, and quite a few birds, together with flamingos, on the lagoon.Keep Within the village of Petrochori, half an hour’s stroll away, Petrasaki Cottages has easy self-catering chalets for 4 from €60 an evening. Gialova village, the opposite facet of the lagoon, has loads of tavernas: Elia is nice for seafood and native dishes.
Kaladi, Kythira

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Kythira appears to have averted the overdevelopment of some Greek islands because of it being slightly difficult to get to (inner flight or boat journey). Some would argue that Kalami is the most effective seaside on the island, however equally named Kaladi is simply as good and avoids the scramble down a 30-metre cliff, though there are many steps. The reward is three good little pebble coves, uncrowded even in August, and unsullied by tavernas and cantinas.
Keep Nice-value rooms with kitchen and balcony at Sotiris Tavern (€50) within the fairly village of Avlemonas go away loads of cash for its well-known lobster pasta. Xenonas Fos ke Choros guesthouse (doubles from €100) is a superbly restored set of outdated buildings with educated house owners .
Paliochori, Milos

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The spectacular cliffs that type a backdrop to this seaside fluctuate in hue from white via yellow to a burnt purple, and likewise present shelter from the winds that may spoil many seashores on this space. There are a number of bars and tavernas with sunbeds for rent vying in your commerce, however the seaside is giant sufficient to take in the eye. And as if the setting weren’t sufficient, scorching springs below the ocean present a free thermal spa. Keep Artemis resort (doubles from €100 B&B) gives inexpensive luxurious proper on the seaside. Among the finest tavernas on Milos, Psaravolada, is simply up the street.
Tremendous Paradise, Mykonos

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Individuals go to Greek seashores for all kinds of causes, and for some it’s to celebration. Some locations on Mykonos dedicated to hedonism are really grim, however not Tremendous Paradise seaside on the south coast. Golden sand, clear water and continuous music and dancing make this the most effective hangout on the island – its well-known membership hosts all-nighters that entice hardcore partiers from everywhere in the world. The close by Jackie O’ Seashore Membership & Restaurant, additionally on the seaside, is the place to relax, with good meals, drinks and drag queens. Keep Mykonos may be vastly costly, however tenting with your personal tent at Paraga Seashore Hostel, simply around the coast, prices from €30 an evening for 2.
Balos, Crete

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Crete has many world-class seashores, and a few are getting overcrowded (there are rumours that the well-known Elafonisi would possibly begin to prohibit numbers). The white powder and blue lagoon water of Balos seaside, on the tip of the Gramvousa peninsula within the far north-west, does get busy in the midst of the day when the boat journeys arrive. The trick is to return early and keep late. That is simpler mentioned than completed, as getting there includes a 12km drive on a mud street adopted by a 1km hike, however it greater than rewards your effort. Keep The start line for the drive is the village of Kaliviani, dwelling to Kaliviani Conventional Resort (doubles from €65), with views of the Gramvousa.
Greek seashores chosen by Andrew Bostock, creator of the brand new Bradt information to the Peloponnese
Turkey
Çirali, Kemer, Antalya

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For the final word seaside – the softest sands, which you’ll step straight on to – make for Çirali. A number of miles of seaside are backed by orange groves and shady gardens hung with hammocks and lanterns, and dotted with the discreetly low-density vacation cabins of motels just like the Arcadia. It gives fabulous breakfasts and bikes for exploring the close by village, a spot with a fierce environmental dedication, the place the order of the day is salads, stuffed gözleme flatbreads and beer on shaded timber platforms. Stroll the seaside to the west finish the place a riverside footpath leads previous a ticket workplace, generally manned, into the fig-strangled ruins of historic Olympos. Or bike and hike out to the mysterious Chimaera, the place flaming gases vent from a myth-haunted hillside.Keep Arcadia Seashore (doubles from £105).
Kabak, close to Uzunyurt Köyü, Muğla

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The tarmac ends above Kabak, the place a 4WD shuttles guests down a precipitous mountain monitor. The raised hair is price it: on the backside there’s a hidden sand and shingle seaside, yoga platforms, driftwood juice bars and the lingering scent of patchouli. This legendary Shangri-la has been on the coronary heart of the Turkish Med’s different scene for many years, however relatively than being solely a hippy hangout, Kabak’s all the time been open to all-comers. Found in recent times, Kabak however retains a uncommon magnificence, largely due to the care of its devotees and the forest behind the seaside, which is dwelling to pleasant Crusoe-style camps like Turan’s. Famed for numerous fauna and flora, particularly its turtles and butterflies, Kabak can be fashionable with hikers, who use it as a base for exploring native trails and the long-distance Lycian Means. Keep Turan Tenting has deluxe tents on picket platforms (from £34 an evening for 2 half-board) and likewise homes and bungalows.
Iztuzu, Dalyan, Muğla

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By valiantly keeping off each final developer, this huge delta seaside has survived as a spectacular stronghold for the endangered loggerhead turtles which nest right here on summer season nights when the seaside is off-limits to guests. Regardless of traces within the sand which mark the place the parasols and the solar loungers cease – the environmental guidelines are strictly noticed – there’s loads of room on this famously golden and family-friendly strand. The seaside is reached from the city of Dalyan, the place the native boatmen’s cooperative runs common shuttle companies, which take half an hour to wind via the reed beds. The seaside services – altering rooms, freshwater showers and a restaurant – are decidedly easy, and the closest in a single day lodging is in Dalyan’s likably no-frills riverside pensions. Different native attracts embrace the traditional metropolis ruins at Kaunos, the place main excavations have been happening, and wallowing within the open-air thermal mud baths.Keep Dalyan Pansion (doubles from £39)
Patara, Kalkan, Antalya

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For greater than 10 miles, the dune-backed sands of Patara seaside run pristine and uninterrupted, with no constructions extra everlasting than the palm-roofed facility shacks – with showers, altering rooms and chilly drinks – at both finish. There are loungers and parasols are for rent on the east finish, which is served by shuttle minibuses from Kalkan – a bustling vacation port that’s only a 15-minute drive away and residential to one of many Turkish Med’s most pleasant, if slightly dear, boutique motels, Villa Mahal. There’s a modest entrance price, plus a complement for guests to the must-see ruins of Roman Patara, and what will be the world’s oldest standing lighthouse, amongst different historic marvels. These with their very own transport might want to observe the locals to the extra distant west finish at Karadere (no price), the place prolonged households stage spectacular barbecues among the many dunes. Keep Türk Evi(doubles from £35) is within the outdated a part of city.
Akvaryum, Bozcaada, Çanakkale

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Bozcaada is one in all simply two Turkish islands within the Aegean, with a number of the area’s finest sand seashores, and a should for guests to close by Troy and the battlefields of Gallipoli. It’s a small island, only a few miles lengthy, so rent a motorbike to absorb a number of seashores – the locals are likely to make for the sheltered ones, relying on the day’s wind course – however make sure to get to Akvaryum. Named for the readability of its shallow waters (it means aquarium), and bookended by miniature headlands, Akvaryum additionally boasts spectacular legendary associations because the place the place the Greek fleet hid whereas ready for the Trojans to fall for his or her picket horse ruse. Common ferries make the 30-minute crossing from mainland Geyikli to the good-looking Ottoman port, the place enticing townhouse lodging may be discovered. Keep Latife Hanim Konağı (doubles from £49).
Turkish seashores chosen by Jeremy Seal
Croatia
Maslinica, Šolta

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The island of Šolta hides in plain sight: it’s a brief ferry journey from Cut up, but it receives solely fraction of the guests that head to big-hitting neighbours Hvar and Brač. Tucked into its western finish is the fishing village of Maslinica, with a sensible little marina and a cute, pebbly seaside on the mouth of the harbour. It’s sufficiently big for a seaside cafe, kayak rental and some sunloungers, however nonetheless has an intimate village really feel. And its western side means extraordinary sunsets. Simply past the seaside is an archipelago of seven small islands, which may be explored through kayak or boat.Keep Villa Berg (from €80 an evening sleeping 4) has two well-equipped flats close to the seaside, with sea-facing balconies.
Valun, Cres

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Sleepy doesn’t start to explain Cres. Regardless of being one in all Croatia’s largest islands, it has little growth alongside its lengthy indented shoreline. Within the small hamlet of Valun within the west of the island, a path leads from the harbour to the pebble seaside. Pine groves supply shade and shelter and there are paddleboards, kayaks and sunloungers to lease, and the environment is as chilled-out as the remainder of the island. Lunch within the village on superior fish within the harbourside eating places.Keep Waterside restaurant MaMaLu additionally has fundamental rooms upstairs, some with a terrace (doubles from €60 room solely).
Čikat Bay, Lošinj

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Čikat Bay was the popular vacation vacation spot of Austro-Hungarian emperor Franz Josef within the 19th century: he was very taken by its exceptionally recent air, scented by pine forests and wild herbs. The bay remains to be engaging, its deeply indented three prongs sheltering tiny pebbly coves, in addition to {a partially} sandy seaside, a mini marina and a few very grand motels. It’s a correct household affair, with play areas, cafes and watersports, and a pine-shaded cycle path/footpath hugs a good chunk of the island.
Keep Villa Diana (doubles from €110 B&B) is a good-looking four-star resort on the waterfront, with sea views and a restaurant terrace.
Blaće, Mljet

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One of many Adriatic’s greenest islands, Mljet additionally has that uncommon factor in Croatia: sandy seashores. Simply 20 minutes’ stroll from busier Saplunara seaside is the extra tranquil Blaće, in sheltered Limuni Bay within the south-east of the island. Pine bushes present a cooling backdrop to the nice and cozy, shallow waters, which really feel extra like a lagoon. There aren’t any seaside services – they’re again in Saplunara – however there’s a sense of peace.Keep Merely furnished Residences Pavlić (from €38, sleep three) are in Saplunara village, overlooking the seaside.
Murvica, Brač

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Just some kilometres west of Croatia’s most recognisable seaside, the V-shaped Zlatni Rat, there’s a a lot quieter scene at Murvica seaside. Take the trail from Murvica village down the hill previous olive groves and vineyards to the shingle seaside backed by aromatic pines. There aren’t any crowds or neat rows of sunloungers right here, only a rustic seaside cafe, views of the island of Hvar and clear blue-green water.Keep In a lovely stone home, flats at Murvica Bol Home (from €65 an evening, sleeping 5) all have barbecues and terraces with sea views.
Croatian seashores chosen by Mary Novakovich
The Baltic
Sopot, Poland

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The bustling resort of Sopot is perennially fashionable and with good motive: it has probably the most lovely stretches of sand in Poland and one thing for everybody – from households to celebration animals. The seaside itself is a broad, well-looked-after strip that runs for a number of kilometres, backed by eating places and cafes and a seaside cycle path that runs all the best way to the port metropolis of Gdańsk. The late-opening pier is sweet for catching sunsets, and fish-fry huts are a neighborhood speciality: the beachside Bar Przystań is legendary for its seafood soup. Keep Pensjonat Irena (doubles from £38 B&B) gives cute rooms on a leafy road.
Heringsdorf, Germany

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Constructed for 19th-century royals in the hunt for sea air, this resort is a mixture of belle-époque grandeur and small-town attraction. Neo-classical buildings and manicured parks line a strip of gold-grey sand dotted with Strandkörbe, the two-person seaside seats so attribute of Germany’s Baltic coast. Heringsdorf is on Usedom island, which boasts virtually 20km of uninterrupted seaside. Take within the panorama from the pier then decide up a snack from one of many quite a few stalls on the landward finish of Heringdorf pier, or head inland to Domkes Fischpavillon for recent fried cod.Keep A grand 19th-century pile on the seafront, Resort Esplanade (doubles from €80 B&B) has vibrant rooms and an indoor pool.
Ventspils, Latvia

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Blessed with a famously lengthy and sandy shoreline, Latvians are considerably spoilt for selection in relation to locations to throw down their towels. Ventspils on the west coast has the benefit of being each a seaside resort and a energetic port metropolis. The nice, silky sands are fashionable with kitesurfers in spring and summer season, and year-round for amber-hunters – nuggets of the traditional resin are regularly washed up after storms. The seaside is separated by a belt of dunes from an open-air museum, full with narrow-gauge railway, an aquapark and the Youngsters’s City exercise playground.Keep Raibie Logi (rooms from €58 B&B) has cosy doubles and household rooms in a captivating timber home.
Võsu, Estonia

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Set among the many pines and reed beds of the Lahemaa nationwide park, Võsu Bay is nearly a reduction after the lengthy unbroken seashores that line a lot of the Baltic coast. With nice tawny sand between boulder-strewn promontories, the bay is exceedingly shallow, making it good for paddling and wading, and there’s a smattering of food and drinks services in summer season. Võsu itself is a straggling low-rise village with luggage of rustic enchantment, and there are a great deal of exhilarating nature hikes proper on the doorstep.Keep Rannaliiv Guesthouse (doubles from €58 room-only) gives easy rooms in a pleasant backyard close to the seaside.
Nida, Lithuania

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Beneath towering dunes on the south facet of the Curonian Spit, the lovable fishing village of Nida serves as summertime capital for Lithuania’s arty elite. The seaside is 3km from city on the alternative shore of the spit and has designated nudist and female-only sections, and a young children’s exercise park. It’s every thing that you’d anticipate from a Baltic strand: lengthy, straight, seemingly countless in each instructions, and fashionable with sunbathers and paddlers in the course of the brief Lithuanian summer season. Drinks and snacks are restricted – save your urge for food for the famously tangy smoked fish on supply in Nida itself. Keep Nidos Seklyčia guesthouse (doubles from €50 room-only) has njoy the standard furnishings and soothingly vegetal wallpapers.
Baltic seashores chosen by Jonathan Bousfield
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